VA Mom Who Faked Having Cancer Will Not Serve Time

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MECHANICSVILLE, VA (WTVR) — For the last two years, Martha Nicholas, 43, has been known as the woman who faked having cancer.

This week, a judge handed down a 10-year prison sentence to the Virginia mother after she pleaded no contest in January to Medicaid fraud and obtaining money under false pretenses.

The judge suspended all 10 years of that sentence, meaning Nicholas will serve no time behind bars.

Judge Overton Harris said he suspended the sentence because he believed jail time served no purpose. Harris said he believed Nicholas’ case has more to do with mental illness than fraud.

“I don’t know that it really hit me until I was at the psychiatric hospital, and, you know, I was getting pressured to try and figure some things out,” she replied.

Read the full story here: Mom Explains Why She Faked Having Cancer