Faking Cancer to Raise Extra Cash

Virginia woman dupes town locals and family about fake illness.
2:41 | 12/10/11

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Community in Virginia outraged a woman who helps people who support both emotionally and financially because she said she had cancer was -- the whole time. If she's rob Nelson is here with the details rob he just can't wrap around the story -- six twisted story really is something that's truly unthinkable to most of us taking such a serious illness. Just -- some extra cash the woman -- has been caught in her -- with her supporters including her own husband and kids. Now feeling duped. And her. I am still here. Martha -- story has touched many in her small Virginia town. -- -- you are my hero and you inspired me to never give up. And never surrender my diagnosis -- terminal each night I wonder if there will be the last. She's been very outspoken about her fight with cancer calling herself a three time survivor and even current battle -- -- -- now seems her story was all a ruse for money and attention. I was 22 years old when I was diagnosed with stage four -- being seen -- Back then I didn't even know what an oncologist was. For months third in local fund raisers to help -- pay for cancer treatment. But in April the local sheriff's office received a tip that Martha was -- lying about the cancer and that she had allegedly received financial support for medical expenses related to -- illness. When detectives tried to question her and April they say they were denied because of her illness. But here she is three months later in July leading a local relay for life event even selling cancer sucks T shirts are local affiliate interviewed -- knowing she was under investigation. We have these teens -- sucks T shirts. And we're asking for twenty dollars for the T -- but whatever you can -- we take. VCU medical center were Nichols claims she was treated. Says there is no record of her as a patient at that facility on Wednesday she was arrested and charged with obtaining money under false pretense. This isn't the first time that people have faked having cancer. Last year in nineteen year old -- cancer from more than a year to raise cash even shaving her head for sympathy she later pled guilty to two charges. But in the end it is those who have been swindled who were hurt the most like Kelly felt who helped raise 500 dollars for Nichols. I refuse to believe it because I'm thinking no one makes us up. Now Martha's attorneys Sam Simpson tells us quote this was not a scam to rip people off there is an illness it is a mental illness. And I can't say anymore and Cornell Martha is out on bond and will be arraigned on the sixteenth of this month we want to give also thanks to our affiliate W. RI CA Richmond Virginia for their help in this investigation just.

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