Woman who faked cancer sentenced to 3 years in prison

Woman Who Faked Cancer Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KTVI) -- A Belleville woman who pleaded guilty to lying about having terminal ovarian cancer was sentenced on fraud charges Tuesday.

Alissa Jackson, 32, was given three years in prison.

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Jackson was charged in June 2014 with taking thousands of dollars in donations, free food and a donated minivan from hundreds of people on behalf of "Alissa's Army.''

She raised the money online and more at fundraisers around the community, but some became suspicious of her story and contacted Belleville police.

She was sentenced in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

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