Va. Woman Who Lied About Having Cancer Fined

Mechanicsville woman pleaded guilty to raising money on false pretenses

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012  |  Updated 1:02 PM EDT
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Va. Woman Who Lied About Having Cancer Fined

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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.

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