Bad Idea: Faking Terminal Illness

Jessica Vega, 25, of White Plains, NY told the entire community that she was “dying of leukemia” and had only a short time to live.  She asked for a “dream wedding” for her and her baby’s father.  Her community responded:  Thousands of dollars in donated services like, a reception and a wedding dress, hair and makeup services for the bride and her seven bridesmaids, two wedding rings and a honeymoon in Aruba.

The problem is, that was back in 2010, and Vega is still alive and healthy.

Vega was arrested on April 3 and charged with fraud, grand larceny and could face up to four years in prison.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman told the media,  “By pretending to have a terminal illness, Vega inexcusably took advantage of the community’s hearts and minds, and profited off of their generosity,””Our office will hold this individual accountable for fleecing the public through lies and deception.”

Vega’s story was compelling and at one point even showed a local reporter medical documents from her doctor confirming her illness.  She told the public she planned on leaving letters for her daughter to read at important moments of her life since Vega herself would presumably no longer be around.

But time passed, people got suspicious and the couple not only divorced and got back together, Vega reportedly actually had a second child.


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