A woman from Montgomery, New York, is under arrest today after authorities say she faked cancer in order to score a free wedding. Classy doesn't even begin to cover it.
The woman, 25-year-old Jessica Vega, was indicted on charges of fraud and grand larceny for claiming that she was dying of leukemia so people would donate their money and services for her "dream wedding." It worked too - strangers donated everything from a "beautifully embroidered wedding dress" and "two rings," to a "honeymoon time-share in Aruba."
According to the Huffington Post:
[Attorney General Eric 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.
Her cause spread quickly around the mid-Hudson region, helped by a story in the Times Herald Record. The newspaper said Vega showed a reporter what she said was a doctor's letter confirming the diagnosis.
Vega also said she planned to leave letters to her daughter that the girl could open after the mother's death on such occasions as her prom or graduation.
The community was "touched by her story," the attorney general said.
Vega and O'Connell were married in May 2010. Four months later, O'Connell expressed suspicions to the newspaper, saying he believed the doctor's letter was fake. Vega said she hadn't lied.
If convicted, Vega faces anywhere from 16 months to four years in prison on each of the six counts she's been charged with.
But hey. At least it's not cancer.
[via Huffington Post]