March 12, 2014
HANOVER, Va. (AP) -- A central Virginia woman who faked cancer to raise money will escape prison time.
According to media reports, Martha Ann Nicholas could have been punished with a long prison term Monday at her sentencing hearing in Hanover County. But Circuit Judge J. Overton Harris said he believed the 43-year-old mother of two suffered from a mental condition and that prison would not benefit her or the community.
He suspended a 10-year sentence and ordered Nicholas to complete 100 hours of community service and repay her victims. She also will be on supervised probation.
For years, the suburban Richmond woman had collected donations for cancer research. She cited what she called her own story of survival at area "Cancer Sucks!" rallies and other events.