Belleville woman pleads guilty to cancer scam for donations

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A southwestern Illinois woman has pleaded guilty to lying about a terminal ovarian cancer diagnosis and stealing money raised on her behalf.

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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.”

St. Clair County court records show that she waived her right to a trial and pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of theft of more than $500 by deception.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that St. Clair state’s attorney plans to seek the maximum five-year prison sentence for Jackson at a Jan. 28 hearing.