published Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Sentencing delayed for Alabama woman in cancer scam

WETUMPKA, Ala. — Sentencing for a woman charged with lying about her son having cancer to raise money has been delayed until April.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports 23-year-old Stephanie Nicole Jones, of Titus, was supposed to be sentenced today but was hospitalized Wednesday night. Her attorney, Heather Dixon, did not say why Jones was hospitalized.

Jones in October pleaded guilty to a count of theft by deception and attempted theft of property by deception. District Attorney Kristy Peoples says Jones told others her son had cancer and several people and organizations in Elmore County held fundraisers to pay for the boy’s treatment. Authorities say the efforts raised more than $7,500 and Jones used some of it for a trip to Walt Disney World.

The woman’s sentencing is set for April 4.

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