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Motivational speaker arrested for allegedly faking cancer

By Kevin Fitzgerald     Dec 12, 2011 in Crime
Police in Virginia arrested Martha Nicholas, 42, for allegedly faking cancer to raise money. Nicholas claimed that she had been diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer when she was in her early 20's. She also said that she was a 3-time cancer survivor.

Nicholas was arrested and charged with two counts of obtaining money fraudulently. According to CBS 6, an anonymous tip prompted investigators to look into the claims of fraud and found that there were no medical records detailing her condition and treatment.
Several fundraisers were held for Nicholas to help pay for her supposed medical treatment. She also has raised over $10,000 selling necklaces and "Cancer Sucks" t-shirts.
Nicholas served as a motivational speaker, often speaking tearfully at events about her ongoing battle with cancer. She told a group of supporters back in July:
"Each night, I wonder if it will be the last...I was 22-years-old when I was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer. Back then, I didn't even know what an oncologist was."
Nicholas had even duped her husband and two young children in to believing that she in fact had cancer.
Her defense lawyer claims that she was not conducting a scam, but was raising money to help treat a mental illness. The attorney stopped short of specifying the alleged illness.
Nicholas is scheduled to be arraigned on Dec. 16.
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