Va. Woman Who Lied About Having Cancer Fined

Mechanicsville woman pleaded guilty to raising money on false pretenses

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    A suburban Richmond woman has been fined $50 after admitting she faked cancer to raise money.

    The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Martha Ann Nicholas pleaded guilty on Monday to two misdemeanor charges of obtaining money by false pretenses. Besides the fine, she was ordered by a judge to not take part in any charitable causes and placed on five years' probation.
     
    The Mechanicsville woman had claimed at rallies that she was a cancer victim.
     
    Her attorney, Sam Simpson, said Nicholas has made restitution of $1,700, the total she had collected for herself.
     
    Simpson said Nicholas had been suffering from a condition that led her to believe she had a cancer-like illness.
     
    Her family said she is receiving counseling.