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A bride accused of lying about having cancer has been indicted by a grand jury after receiving thousands in donations for her dream wedding. (Source: Wiki Commons) A bride accused of lying about having cancer has been indicted by a grand jury after receiving thousands in donations for her dream wedding. (Source: Wiki Commons)

(RNN) – A grand jury indicted a woman for falsely claiming she had cancer to get her dream wedding and honeymoon.

Jessica Vega, 25, of New York has been charged with six felonies – five counts of larceny and one count of scheming to defraud. The Times Herald-Record, which covers the Hudson Valley, NY, area, reported Vega claimed to be dying of acute myeloid leukemia.

In 2010, the Herald-Record accounted her tale of wanting to marry Michael O'Connell, the father of her child, before she died. Thousands in donations were given to the couple, who married in May 2010 and honeymooned in Aruba.

Vega had shown people a letter she claimed was from a doctor in Westchester, NY, as proof of her condition. The doctor's staff denied they ever saw her as a patient.

O'Connell accused his bride of faking the illness a few months after they wed, divorced her and moved to Virginia. He reportedly cooperated with the Attorney General's investigation but has since moved her to Virginia to be with him and the two children they now have.

"She's a good mom, and that's all that counts at the end of the day," O'Connell told the Herald-Record. "I want my kids to have their mother back."

He said he believes his ex should repay donors, apologize and receive mental health treatment instead of jail. He hired an attorney to defend Vega as well.

Authorities arrested her April 3 and extradited her to Orange County, NY, where she was arraigned. Vega was held in county jail on a $30,000 bond.

She could face a maximum of four years imprisonment for each felony charge.

On Facebook, people spoke about how they would handle the situation if their spouse was caught in a similar lie. A majority expressed their disgust that someone would lie about a disease that has cost so many lives.

"Some things are unforgivable," Angela Hayes wrote on the WLBT NBC 3 in Jackson, MS, page. "She wasn't stupid. She knew what she did was wrong. She assumed she could get away with it. That was very deceptive to everyone, especially her husband."

Others questioned whether the husband was in on it, as well.

"She is devoid of character and I do not want my children polluted with such lack of character," Thomas O'Neil wrote on the WBRC FOX 6 in Birmingham, AL, page. "Any man who would condone such lack of morals must be just as devoid of character himself."

However, there were multiple people who said they would support their spouse even under those circumstances.

"I love my husband and would stand by his side no matter what," Cara Ball wrote on the FOX 19 Cincinnati, OH, page.

Vega was not the first to allegedly use a serious illness to scam people. In another recent case, authorities in Indiana arrested a woman they said held a raffle under the guise of raising money for a child with cancer, according to WFIE.

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