Southern California woman who faked cancer avoids jail time

Mar 14, 2015 12:20 PM by News Staff

FRENCH VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California woman who faked terminal cancer to get money has been sentenced to five years of probation.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise says 39-year-old Cristina Lagman of Homeland also was sentenced Friday to time already served in jail - where she's been held since December. She also was told to pay back more than $10,400 after pleading guilty to theft by false pretenses.

Lagman's Facebook claims that she had weeks to live last year prompted people to hold fundraisers for her in Riverside County. Lagman posted online photos of herself without hair and wearing breast cancer awareness T-shirts.

At the same time, authorities say she was hitting bars and doing Pilates.

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