Ore. woman who faked cancer sentenced for theft
Friday, December 30, 2011
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- An Oregon woman who faked cancer to bilk money from a Colorado foundation was sentenced to 90 days in jail and ordered to pay $10,425 in restitution.
Julie Jane Martin of Portland pleaded guilty to theft in October. The 38-year-old also received 6 years of probation during her sentencing Friday.
Prosecutors say she received more than $10,000 from the Cops Fighting Cancer Foundation by telling the group she suffered from leukemia, cervical cancer and tumors on her spine, chest and kidney. Prosecutors say the foundation paid for airline tickets from Portland to Denver and lodging while she supposedly received treatment at an area hospital.
Prosecutors say Martin also participated in a Cops Fighting Cancer Foundation video showing cancer victims talking about how the group helped them.