Woman Accused of Posing as 'Dying Bride' Facing Fraud and Larceny Charges

April 10, 2012 Updated Apr 10, 2012 at 6:09 PM EDT

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Woman Accused of Posing as 'Dying Bride' Facing Fraud and Larceny Charges

April 10, 2012 Updated Apr 10, 2012 at 6:09 PM EDT

(New York Attorney General news release) New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman on Tuesday announced the arrest and indictment of a 25-year-old woman on multiple charges of fraud and grand larceny for allegedly posing as a terminally ill bride to receive thousands of dollars from citizens and others from the Mid-Hudson region where she formerly lived.

According to a news release:

Jessica Vega is charged with six felonies and one misdemeanor: one count of Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, five counts of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, and one count of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Third Degree. The maximum sentence for any of the felony charges in the indictment is 1⅓- 4 years in prison.

“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 Schneiderman. “Our office will hold this individual accountable for fleecing the public through lies and deception.”

In the spring of 2010, Vega allegedly claimed 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.

Read the entire news release HERE.