Woman who faked cancer fined $100
Woman who faked cancer fined $100, Web Upset Over Fine Woman Ordered to Pay for Faking Cancer, Martha Nicholas's punishment for scamming donations from friends and family irks the Web. People do not like to be misled, especially by people who make fraudulent claims to get money. A woman in Virginia is accused of pretending to have ovarian cancer so she could deceive people into giving her money. Martha Ann Nicholas, a 42-year-old mother of two, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges of obtaining money by false pretenses.
Authorities, who began investigating Nicholas in 2011, said she may have collected as much as $10,000 in monetary donations and for selling "Cancer Sucks" T-shirts to family, friends, and strangers. Nicholas has paid $1,700 so far in restitution.
So what was her punishment? A Hanover County judge sentenced Nicholas to five years' probation and a $100 fine. Nicholas is also required to not take part in any charitable causes during her probation. Her attorney, Sam Simpson, says Nicholas had been suffering from a psychosomatic condition that made her believe she really had stage-four cancer. Nicholas's family says she is receiving counseling, and they are happy she's not going to jail.
People on social media believe Nicholas got off easy and are calling the punishment "despicable."