HANOVER, VA—A Hanover County mother found guilty of falsely claiming to have cancer in order to receive donations could spend up to 25 years behind bars.
Martha Nicholas pleaded no contest to one count of Medicaid fraud and one count of obtaining money by false pretenses. Three other charges, two counts of Medicaid fraud and one count of obtaining money by false pretenses, were dropped in a Hanover County court room.
Nicholas faces up to 25 years in jail. She has a sentencing hearing scheduled for April.
Nicholas received nearly $22,000 in Medicaid assistance and was also receiving SNAP benefits. She has paid back the more than $4,700 in donations from selling Cancer Sucks t-shirts.
In 2012, Nicholas pleaded guilty and was convicted of obtaining money under false pretenses after court records showed she pretended to be a three-time cancer patient in an effort to raise money. Her sentence was suspended.
An attorney for Nicholas says her client suffers from metal illness.
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