A Sarnia, Ont., man who allegedly pretended to have cancer faces a fraud charge.

Sarnia police say the 52-year-old told friends he had terminal cancer.

So, they held a charity benefit to help him with the cost of treatment.

The event was held at a local bar two years ago. Food and prizes were donated.

Police say 30-50 people also paid a cover charge.

More than $2,000 was raised, according to police.

Police say there is no evidence the man had ever been diagnosed with cancer.

He was arrested Tuesday and charged with fraud under $5,000.