Woman fined for faking cancer, raising money
By msnbc.com staff and news services
RICHMOND, Va. -- A suburban Richmond woman was fined $100 after admitting she faked cancer to raise money.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch said 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.
A 12-month jail sentence was suspended, the newspaper reported.
The Mechanicsville woman had claimed at rallies that she was a cancer victim.
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She was only fined $100. and no jail time...this is appalling..
It's a form of fraud, and it should be prosecuted as a fraud case. It should not be considered only a misdemeanor.
This is not the first such case, but I don't know what sort of punishment was doled out in previous cases. At least this one was prosecuted, but I too am appalled at the insignificant fine and lack of jail time. If nothing else, she should be required to take part in community service - perhaps as an orderly in a cancer ward for a year (since the suspended jail sentence was for 12 months).
That's a fraudulent act and there must be a purnishment for that.
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