April 10, 2012 12:00 AM
The state attorney general’s office announced Tuesday that Jessica Vega, 25, has been indicted on charges of fraud and grand larceny for getting her “dream wedding” by falsely claiming she was dying of leukemia.
“By pretending to have a terminal illness, Vega inexcusably took advantage of the community’s hearts and minds, and profited off of their generosity,” said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “Our office will hold this individual accountable for fleecing the public through lies and deception.”
Vega, formerly of Montgomery, N.Y., was arrested in Virginia on April 3, extradited to New York and arraigned Friday in Orange County Court in Goshen. She pleaded not guilty. A call to the Legal Aid firm that represented her was not immediately returned.
Schneiderman said that in 2010, Vega, then living in Montgomery, claimed she had just a few months to live and wanted a “dream wedding” to Michael O’Connell, father of her year-old daughter "
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012 by ABC News
The state attorney general's office announced Tuesday that Jessica Vega, 25, has been indicted on charges of fraud and grand larceny for getting her "dream wedding" by falsely claiming she was dying of leukemia. "By pretending to have a terminal ...Read more
Thursday, April 12, 2012 by TIME
By Erin Skarda | @ErinLeighSkarda | April 12, 2012 | + Jeff Goulding / Times Herald-Record / AP The honeymoon is over for Jessica Vega, a 25-year-old woman who has been charged with lying about being terminally ill in order to collect up to $20000 ...Read more
Friday, April 13, 2012 by Sydney Morning Herald
Photo: Getty Images But this week, a healthy Jessica Vega, 25, was charged with fraud and grand larceny. Mr Van Aperen likens what happened to the fake cancer bride to the situation of former US president Bill Clinton, who famously denied having ...Read more