Woman Who Posed as 'Dying Bride' Pleads Guilty to Felony Fraud

Woman Who Posed as 'Dying Bride' Pleads Guilty to Felony Fraud

April 25, 2012

(New York Attorney General's Office news release) According to a news release from the New York Attorney General's office, a 25-year-old New York woman on Wednesday pleaded guilty to fraudulently posing as a terminally ill bride to receive thousands of dollars from citizens in the Mid-Hudson Region.

According to the news release:

Jessica Vega, 25, formerly of Montgomery, N.Y., pleaded guilty to one count of Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, and one count of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Third Degree. Vega will be sentenced May 15.

Vega has been remanded to Orange County jail until her sentencing date. Vega is required to pay $13,368.48 in restitution to victims of her scam.

“By pretending to have a terminal illness, Vega inexcusably took advantage of the community's hearts and minds, and profited off of their generosity,” said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “Now that this individual has pleaded guilty to committing this fraud, she will be held accountable for fleecing the public through lies and deception.”

In the spring of 2010, Vega claimed that she was stricken with terminal cancer and had only a few months to live. She asked for a dream wedding and received her wishes from citizens and others in the Mid-Hudson region. She was married in May 2010 and went to Aruba for her honeymoon with expenses paid for by members of the Mid-Hudson community touched by her story.

It was subsequently discovered that Jessica Vega was neither stricken with terminal cancer nor dying, as she had led everyone to believe. The Attorney General also thanked the New York State Police for their assistance with this case.

Read the entire news release HERE.

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