Well played Jessica Vega, very well played.
Jessica Vega is a 25 year old from New York, who has cleverly decided to use other people’s love and care to obtain her wishes.
Like getting married, for instance.
She is a bride who pretended to have terminal cancer so she could get the man she wanted, and in addition, scam money for the perfect wedding reception and honeymoon.
She will now face felony charges over the deception.
Vega apparently got everyone fooled-including her husband, Michael O’Connel, by telling the perfect sob story: “I’m dying from leukemia. I have less than one year to live. Can we make beautiful (and expensive) memories together?”
By using her community’s hearts, she profited off their generosity. Friends, families and even community members donated everything, from the wedding dress, to the two-week trip to the Caribbean honeymoon. She reportedly received thousands of dollars and wedding presents.
Weeks after the wedding, however, the husband finally notices that his pitiful wife’s condition was not getting any worse. In the past, she had showed him a letter from her doctors with the diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia. He proceeds to call her doctor, asking about her condition, only to discover that Jessica Vega, in fact, does not have leukemia.
Hooray!! Apparently the ‘letter’ she waved in front of his face in the past was a forgery!! It appears she’s actually a healthy lady!!
The couple are now divorced over the deception.
The maximum prison sentence for any of the felonies is 4 years. Vega was taken into custody on April 3 in Virginia and extradited to Orange County, where she was arraigned on Friday. She pleaded “not guilty” and was sent to Orange County Jail on $10,000 cash or $30,000 bond. She’s due to appear on April 20 in front of Judge Robert Freehill. The state police assisted with the case.
While it would seem likely that everyone is beyond furious about her deception, people are actually pitying her. Instead of hoping Vega would rot in prison, family members and friends are hoping she would get mental support and therapy instead. O’Connell is even helping Vega find a lawyer, saying it is only the “right thing to do”. Very kind of him.
Which is interesting and “out of character” of Michael O’Conell, if we were to believe Vega’s story. Vega, at this point, has denied making up the whole cancer story and said she and her husband only separated because he was physically abusive.
So it’s first cancer, and now it’s domestic violence? What other sob stories can this lady think of?