Jessica Vega Faked Terminal Cancer to Con Fiance into Funding Lavish Wedding

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A New York bride told her husband-to-be that she was dying from leukemia to trick him into paying for an expensive wedding reception and honeymoon.

Jessica Vega, 25, was taken into custody and will face felony charges over the scam. She pleaded not guilty to five counts of grand larceny and one count of fraud, according to the Daily Mail. Her bail was set at $10,000.

Vega’s cancer ruse prompted a lavish wedding reception funded by husband Michael O’Connel, the father of the Vega’s year-old daughter.

After the wedding the couple enjoyed a two-week Caribbean honeymoon in Aruba using donated plane tickets and a comped villa.

60 friends and family members attended the reception and donated everything from Vega’s wedding dress to the remaining honeymoon expenses, all to give Vega one last hurrah before what they thought would be her untimely death.

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Regrets? Jessica Vega defrauded family and friends and now faces up to 24 years in jail
Big day of deception: New Yorker Jessica Vega told family and friends she had terminal cancer when she was 23 to scam them out of money to pay for a lavish wedding