Court: Ohio woman’s prison sentence in cancer scam warranted


SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — An appeals court has ruled that the prison sentence for a western Ohio woman who authorities say faked brain cancer and accepted thousands of dollars in donations to help with expenses was warranted.

The Springfield News-Sun (http://bit.ly/29wK9CW ) reports the 2nd District Ohio Court of Appeals recently ruled against Heather Gaus’ appeal of her one-year prison sentence for the 2015 theft conviction. The Urbana woman’s appeal questioned why she received a prison sentence instead of community control. Gaus’ lawyer argued her client had no prior convictions and didn’t use violence.

The appeals court wrote that non-violent offenders can receive prison time and that the Champaign County judge sentenced Gaus to prison because the ongoing theft was “organized criminal activity.”

The newspaper says Gaus’ attorney declined to comment on the ruling.

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Information from: Springfield News-Sun, http://www.springfieldnewssun.com

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