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Belleville woman who faked cancer gets 3-year sentence

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Alissa Jackson, 31, is accused of faking having terminal cancer, then receiving thousands of dollars in fundraising. (Credit: Police) Alissa Jackson, 31, is accused of faking having terminal cancer, then receiving thousands of dollars in fundraising. (Credit: Police)

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- An Illinois woman who pleaded guilty to fraud charges for lying about a terminal ovarian cancer diagnosis has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Thirty-two-year-old Alissa Jackson of Belleville was a married mother of five when she was charged in June 2014 with bilking thousands of dollars in donations, free food and a donated minivan from hundreds of people on behalf of "Alissa's Army."

She was sentenced Tuesday in St. Clair County Circuit Court after a December guilty plea to two counts of theft of more than $500 by deception.

Jackson could have been sentenced to probation, however St. Clair State's Attorney Brendan Kelly sought the maximum five-year prison sentence.
 

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