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Woman admits faking cancer for lavish wedding
GOSHEN, N.Y. -- A New York woman has admitted faking cancer to con donors out of money and services for her wedding and Caribbean honeymoon.
Court officials say 25-year-old Jessica Vega isn't likely to do any time in state prison, but will have to repay more than $13,000 to her victims and remain in a local jail until her sentencing May 15.
She pleaded guilty to fraud and forgery charges Wednesday in Orange County Court.
In 2010, Vega spread the word in her Hudson Valley community that she was dying of leukemia and wanted a "dream wedding" to Michael O'Connell, the father of her infant daughter, in the few months she had left.
She was arrested April 3 in Virginia. O'Connell had questioned her story and they divorced.
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