Woman Who Faked Cancer Must Repay Wedding Donors

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File photo. Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A New York woman who faked a cancer diagnosis to get others to pay for her wedding is out of jail.  She was sentenced Wednesday to time served and probation.

Jessica Vega had everyone fooled. “It was very convincing,” said Lisa Stoker, who donated flowers. “I mean she cut off her hair she shaved her head.”

Tom Cavanaugh donated the wedding rings. “There’s lots of ways to trick people,” he said. “Why would you do that?”

A dress shop gave Vega a gown and other donors paid for a honeymoon in Aruba. Everyone felt compelled to help, prosecutors said, because Vega had terminal cancer.

Vega pleaded guilty, spent two months in jail, and a judge has now let her out — but not before ordering her to pay back everyone she scammed.

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