Melissa Jones, Woman Accused Of Faking Cancer, Pleads Guilty

The jury was expected to be selected Monday, but Melissa Jones, the Canandaigua woman accused last May of faking she had cancer plead guilty in Ontario County Court Wednesday.

Jones plead guilty to two counts of grand larceny and two counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument. As a part of the plea deal, Jones would have to admit to what she did. Jones said not only did she take money from people who donated because they thought she had breast cancer, but she also admitted to creating two fake letters from doctors saying she had cancer. One of those doctors was a made up person. Jones stole somewhere between $20,000 to $30,000 from hundreds of people.


Jones will be sentenced on March 27. She faces one and two thirds to five years in prison.

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