Melissa Jones, accused of faking cancer, pleads guilty

Posted at: 01/02/2013 9:21 AM
Updated at: 01/02/2013 6:28 PM
By: Amanda Ciavarri

The Canandaigua woman accused last May of faking she had cancer plead guilty in Ontario County Court Wednesday before Judge William Kocher.

Melissa Jones plead guilty to two counts of grand larceny and two counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument.

The plea deal came just in time. The jury was expected to be selected Monday.

Part of the plea deal was that Jones would have to admit to what she did. Jones said not only did she take money from people who donated because they thought she had breast cancer, but she also admitted to creating two fake letters from doctors saying she had cancer. One of those doctors was a made up person. Jones stole somewhere between $20,000 to 30,000 from hundreds of people.

She will be sentenced on March 27. The defense attorney says he still believes there was an original diagnosis of cancer at some point. He wouldn't say much outside of court Wednesday about why they chose the plea deal, but says he will talk more after sentencing.

Jones faces one and two thirds to five years in prison.