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New York Bride Who Faked Leukemia Faces the Music
One of the most reviled people in the cancer world finally learned her punishment this week after a New York state judge handed down a sentence to Jessica Vega, the young NY woman who faked a fatal diagnosis of leukemia in 2010 in order to pay for an extravagant wedding and honeymoon.
Vega began scamming family, friends, and local retailers in January 2010, informing them that she had been diagnosed with terminal leukemia and had just months to live. She received an outpouring of support from her community, totaling over $13,000 in cash and gifts.
She maintained the lie for almost six months, until she and her fiance enjoyed a 'dream wedding' followed by a honeymoon on the island of Aruba.
Shortly after she returned, her story began to fall apart, and eventually she was charged with fraud and grand larceny.
She would spend eight weeks in an Orange County jail, until Judge Robert Freehill ordered her to return the $13,368.48 she stole under the pretense of being sick and dying from leukemia. He also gave her 300 hours of community service to go with five years of probation.
Remarkably, not only is her husband not named in the indictment, authorities believe he was not involved in the scam, and he has not been charged with any criminal wrongdoing.