An Irish American dad whose ex-wife faked cancer to scam a free wedding has said he will consider remarrying her in the future.
Jessica Vega duped family and friends into paying for her dream wedding after she told them she was suffering from terminal cancer. Her husband, Michael O’Connell, exposed his wife’s scheme after their May 2010 wedding, when he discovered she had lied about her medical condition.
The mother of two was sentenced to two months in prison on Wednesday and was then immediately released due to her time served.
In court she asked her victims for their forgiveness.
“I just want to take the time to apologize to anyone in this courtroom who was offended by the crimes I committed,” Vega said.
Vega asked the judge to “give me the opportunity to live a more positive lifestyle and return to my children and my family.”
The judge also sentenced her to five years probation, 300 hours community service, and enrollment in both a substance abuse and mental health program.
“No one likes to be taken advantage of. No one likes to be made a fool of,” Judge Robert Freehill told the defendant during sentencing.
Outside the court, O’Connell said that despite being divorced, he would remarry Vega “if she keeps it together for the next few years.”
“She finally told me the truth and wanted another shot at being the woman she was, not the woman she had become,” he told the New York Post.
According to prosecutors, the 25-year-old has already paid back more than $13,368 to her nine victims who gave her gifts of a dress, wedding rings, and a Caribbean honeymoon, after she told them she was dying of leukemia.
“I’m a good person; I made a mistake and now I’m just trying to focus on making things right,” Vega told the New York Post.
“I’m a good mother, and this is the longest they’ve ever been away from me — they need me as much as I need them.
“I want to make this a positive, not a negative.”
'Cancer Bride' Jessica Vega sentenced