2-year sentence for woman who faked cancer to raise $51,000

Posted at 11:24 AM, Jul 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-14 11:24:41-04

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A woman who collected $51,000 in donations by claiming she was dying of cancer has been sentenced in New York to two years in federal prison.

The Journal News reports Vedoutie Hoobraj apologized to the community and to cancer patients on Friday at her sentencing for wire fraud in federal court in White Plains.

She told her two sons words "can't describe the pain and hurt" she has caused them.

Hoobraj lived in Ardsley and went by the Shivonie Deokaran when she claimed to have cancer in 2014. The hoax included shaving her head.

Community members raised $51,000 through GoFundMe and a fundraising dinner at her older son's school.

Hoobraj later moved to Orlando, Florida. She was arrested by the FBI in August 2017.