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Martha Ann Nicholas

RICHMOND, Va. — A suburban Richmond woman who was convicted of two misdemeanors for faking cancer to raise money now faces felony charges.

Martha Ann Nicholas, 42, of Mechanicsville, was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday on three counts of Medicaid fraud and two counts of obtaining money by false pretenses, Hanover County authorities said.

She was fined $100 after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor false pretenses counts in January.

Attorney Sam Simpson, who represented Nicholas on the misdemeanor charges, said at the time that his client had been suffering from a condition that led her to believe she had a cancer-like illness. Simpson did not immediately return a telephone message Wednesday.

Nicholas is free on bond and will be arraigned on the felony counts June 27.

Credit: The Associated Press.