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Feb 28, 2012 5:42 AM by Kate Richards

Woman fakes cancer to raise money

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A suburban Richmond woman has been fined $50 after admitting she faked cancer to raise money.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Martha Ann Nicholas pleaded guilty on Monday to two misdemeanor charges of obtaining money by false pretenses. Besides the fine, she was ordered by a judge to not take part in any charitable causes and placed on five years' probation.

The Mechanicsville woman had claimed at rallies that she was a cancer victim.

Her attorney, Sam Simpson, said Nicholas has made restitution of $1,700, the total she had collected for herself.

Simpson said Nicholas had been suffering from a condition that led her to believe she had a cancer-like illness.

Her family said she is receiving counseling.

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