Woman Faked Bladder Cancer And Accepted Free Wedding In New Jersey

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Lori Stilley announced that she had bladder cancer on her Facebook in 2011 and unleashed a flood of donations surpassing. $10,000.

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. -- Authorities say a New Jersey woman scammed relatives and others out of cash, meals and even a wedding by falsely claiming she had bladder cancer.

The Burlington County prosecutor has charged 40-year-old Lori Stilley of Delran with theft by deception.

Officials say in February 2011, Stilley told those close to her and posted on Facebook that she had been diagnosed. In April, she said her condition had worsened.

Authorities say supporters raised more than $10,000 after she said she didn't have medical insurance.

Family and friends also organized and paid for her wedding and delivered meals.

Supporters became suspicious in November 2011 when she posted that she was feeling better and believed a miracle was coming.

Prosecutor Robert Bernardi calls the scam "extremely cruel."

Stilley is free on $25,000 bail.
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Or if you don't have the cash for a wedding do it at town hall or something...
 

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as a matter of fact i dont have 5$
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The exact reason I never hand out money to shit like this
 

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I think this is the one I am thinking about....
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/10/woman-fakes-cancer_n_1416186.html

Woman Fakes Cancer To Win A Wedding

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Strangers donated the beautifully embroidered wedding dress, the two rings, the honeymoon time-share in Aruba. They acted quickly, too, because the bride was dying of cancer. Or so she said.
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.
Among the alleged victims listed in the indictment is the Nu-Cavu restaurant in Wallkill, where the bridal reception was held and wine and appetizers worth more than $1,000 were donated. Part-owner Carmela Vitolo-Gelsomine said, "We tried to do the best we could for her. We thought she was in a situation where she needed help."
Others listed as victims are the boutique that donated the wedding dress, and a woman who volunteered to do hair and makeup for the bride and seven bridesmaids.
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.
 

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These people are despicable. Stick to faking illnesses simply for the meds like normal people.
 
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Jessica Vega, 25





Bride pleads guilty to cancer scam
A BRIDE who faked terminal cancer has pleaded guilty to scamming donors who paid for her luxury wedding and honeymoon.

Jessica Vega, 25, admitted in a New York court she made up her tale of terminal cancer and accepted $US13,368.48 ($12,872.75) in donations toward a dream wedding followed by a honeymoon in Aruba.

The confession was part of a plea agreement that will allow Vega to avoid prison time in exchange for paying back donors before she is sentenced on May 15. She will spend the next three weeks in jail, the Times-Herald Record newspaper reported.

Vega wept as Assistant Attorney General Emmanuel Nneji grilled her about a long list of misdeeds.

"You continued to foster that story that you had cancer and you were dying, is that correct?" Mr Nneji asked.

"Yes, sir," Vega replied.

The young mother married Michael O'Connell in May 2010, and the couple lived together in Montgomery, New York, before the union began to come apart.

Mr O'Connell later exposed Vega's scam, telling the Times Herald-Record and attorney general's investigators he began to suspect after the wedding that Vega had made up the whole story. The couple divorced but later had a second child together.

Vega pleaded guilty to a felony of scheme to defraud and a misdemeanour count of possession of a forged instrument. The instrument was a letter Vega claimed she had received from a Dr Dan Costin detailing her supposedly dire prognosis.

"You have, in fact, never been treated by Dr Costin?" Mr Nneji said.

"No, sir," Vega said.

She had shown the letter to the Times Herald-Record in 2010 as proof of her terminal illness.

A subsequent story about the donations led to even more donations.

On Wednesday, Vega's attorney Jeremiah Flaherty said Vega wants to pay back donors and restore their generous spirit. The plea agreement allows her to get help, raise her children and repay the donors she burned, Mr Flaherty said.

"Everyone can come out of this better," he said.