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Hanover woman who faked cancer pleads no contest

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Martha Nicholas Martha Nicholas
HANOVER, VA (WWBT) -

A Hanover mother who faked having cancer for personal profit pleaded no contest to two felony charges Tuesday, the latest chapter of a once inspiring story that unraveled nearly two years ago.

Martha Nicholas of Mechanicsville pleaded no contest to one count of defrauding Medicaid, and one count of obtaining money under false pretense. Both charges carry a maximum sentence of 20 years, and sentencing proceedings will begin April 22.

Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Adam Jurach told a Hanover County judge that Nicholas defrauded Medicaid of more than $21,000 beginning in September 2010.

Nicholas did not dispute findings of the investigation that her husband had medical insurance when she applied for benefits. Her family household income was also revealed to be more than $100,000 during that time.

Tuesday morning Nicholas also pleaded no contest to obtaining money through false pretense. The charge stems from $4,788 in checks written by a friend for fictitious cancer treatment.

Last February, Nicholas pleaded guilty to two counts of taking money under false pretenses.

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