HANOVER, VA—A Hanover County mother found guilty of falsely claiming to have cancer in order to receive donations received to a ten year sentence in April, all of which was suspended.
In January, Martha Nicholas pleaded no contest to one count of Medicaid fraud and one count of obtaining money by false pretenses.
In court on April 22, Nicholas received a ten year jail sentence, all of which was suspended, meaning she will not spend any time in jail. She was also placed on indefinite supervised probation, and must continue to receive mental health treatment.
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 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 mental illness.
Many 8News viewers have asked us how Nicholas' husband, Steve, reacted to the situation. As he left court in April, he offered the following statement:
"If I thought any of this was calculated, if I thought any of this was in her right mind then I wouldn't be here. My kids and I would be somewhere else because that would be evil and she's not an evil woman she's just a woman who got lost in her own mind."
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