Ardsley woman pleads guilty to faking cancer

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An Ardsley woman is facing 20 years behind bars after pretending to have terminal cancer as part of a scam.

Prosecutors say Vedoutie Hoobraj, 38, has pleaded guilty to wire fraud.

Hoobraj used the name Shivonie Deokaran while perpetrating the scam from around October 2014 through at least March 2016.  She held fundraisers and created GoFundMe pages claiming she had leukemia and was given eighteen months to live.

She ended up receiving more than $50,000 in donations, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. She was arrested in Orlando, Florida in August 2017.

She is expected to be sentenced in April.

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