Feb 28, 2012 5:42 AM by Kate Richards
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.