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Bride faked cancer to have lavish wedding

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Posted: Apr 10, 2012 10:55 AM
Updated: Apr 10, 2012 10:55 AM
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GOSHEN - Authorities say a former New York woman pretended to have terminal cancer so she could have a lavish wedding reception and honeymoon. A grand jury indicted 25-year-old Jessica Vega with grand larceny and scheme to defraud. According to the indictment, Vega accepted thousands of dollars in donated services and goods after claiming in 2010 that she was dying of leukemia. She married Michael O'Connell in May 2010 and the couple spent their honeymoon in Aruba. Four months later, her husband reportedly told a newspaper that Vega was faking the illness. The couple divorced over the incident, and O'Connell moved to Virginia. Vega later joined him. They have two children. Vega was arraigned last Friday and pleaded not guilty. She's being held in county jail on $10,000 bail.

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