Cancer Fraud Scheme Lands California Woman in Jail


A woman who falsely claimed to have breast cancer and took donations worth $130,000 has been sentenced to nearly six months in jail. 

The Los Angeles district attorney's office says Lacy Johnson was ordered to repay the money she took from donors in addition to the time in jail. 

Johnson pleaded no contest to the theft back in January. 

The 37-year-old will also have to serve five years' probation after she finishes out her sentence. 

Prosecutors say Johnson convinced up to 50 people to give her money for cancer treatments when she didn't have the disease. Friends also spent time fundraising for Johnson, collecting thousands of dollars. 

Johnson was arrested in 2013 and extradited from Colorado back to Southern California to face charges.  

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