The woman accused of faking cancer had to make a life changing decision Tuesday. Plead guilty and get one to five years in jail or go to trial and risk up to 20 years in prison.
Melissa Jones is accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from people who gave her money thinking she had cancer. Jones always maintained her innocence and so Tuesday she turned down the plea and will go to trial.
The biggest charges Melissa Jones faces are the six grand larceny charges. That’s one charge for every fundraiser that collected money for her. The Ontario County District Attorney’s Office says Jones faked having cancer as a way to get the money.
In court Tuesday were a dozen of Jones’s old neighbors who said they gave her money. They told News10NBC they feel like Melissa Jones took advantage of them.