Jail time for Montgomery County woman who lied about cancer

    Alicia Tolton will spend one to two years in Montgomery Count Jail for charges of theft by deception, forgery and tampering with records.

    Tolton last year raised money for herself after pretending to have breast and ovarian cancer. She’ll also spend three years on probation following her release, and will pay restitution to the donors who raised and then had to return the money donated to “Wishes for Alicia.”

    The Pottstown Mercury has details from yesterday’s sentencing. After Tolton pleaded guilty, former friends and fundraisers — many cancer survivors themselves — testified against Tolton, calling her actions “horrible” and “selfish.”

    It was Tolton’s relatives who went to police last year when they grew suspicious after donating to her fake cause.

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