Woman Admits to Defrauding the Public By Pretending to Be a Marine and Having Cancer

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A Rhode Island woman who passed herself off as a decorated Marine Corps veteran and cancer patient to obtain more than a quarter of a million dollars in veterans benefits and charitable donations pleaded guilty Tuesday.

Sarah Jane Cavanaugh, 31, was charged by federal authorities with falsifying military service records, identity theft, forgery, false use of military medals and wire fraud.

She faces a maximum of 24 years in prison. Prosecutors agreed to recommend a prison term at the low end of the federal guidelines. Her sentencing hearing is scheduled for November.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald Gendron told the court Tuesday that Cavanaugh “has never served in the military in any capacity,” according to the Providence Journal, which also identified her as a former Veterans of Foreign Wars post commander.

Read more at Stripes.com 

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