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Kenton County woman sentenced for fake cancer claim

Prosecutors say that Jessica Krecskay received nearly $15,000 between 2015 and 2017
Posted: 4:16 PM, Sep 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-10 16:16:51-04
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KENTON COUNTY, Ky. (WLWT) — Investigators say a Kenton County woman faked having cancer and also falsely claimed her son had cancer to get donations from friends and coworkers.

Prosecutors say that Jessica Krecskay received nearly $15,000 between 2015 and 2017 through the scams. They say she not only took the money, but she allowed her coworkers to donate their vacation time to her, so she could spend time with her family.

Krecskay previously pleaded guilty to theft and on Monday, she appeared in court to learn her sentence. The result, 60 days in jail, a $1,000 fine, plus restitution to her victims. While her victims will eventually be repaid the money they gave her, they say the emotional damage remains.

"It's devastating that there were many of us who supported her, who offered money, who offered our time, who offered our friendship, who offered our love, our compassion," said scam victim Becky Hobbs.

Once Krecskay finishes her jail sentence, she will remain on probation for five years, which means if she has any other violations before finishing her probation, she will go back to jail for five years.