Melissa Jones, accused of faking cancer, back in court Thursday
Posted at: 09/26/2012 9:21 AM
By: Messenger Post Newspaper | WHEC.com
Canandaigua woman Melissa Jones, accused earlier this year of faking she had cancer, will be in court Thursday for the continuation of a Huntley hearing.
Last Wednesday, Sept. 19, during the Huntley hearing - a pretrial hearing dealing with a defendant's statements to law enforcement - Sgt. Scott Kadien and Officer Daniel Bisingard of the Canandaigua Police Department both testified before Judge William Kocher in Ontario County Court that during their investigation, Jones did not provide them with proof that she had cancer.
Jones, 30, was charged by Canandaigua police in February after a Hope for Melissa fundraiser was held on her behalf at Steamboat Landing. She was indicted in May on 16 charges, including varying degrees of grand larceny, criminal possession of a forged instrument, falsifying business records and scheme to defraud related to fundraisers in New York and Massachusetts in which prosecutors say thousands of dollars were raised on her behalf.
Ontario County District Attorney R. Michael Tantillo said that more than 200 individual donors contributed to fundraisers that collected more than $30,000 on Jones' behalf.
A trial date has not yet been scheduled.
A plea offer, made early on in the process under a different judge, was rejected, said Tantillo.
Kocher said the plea to the 16-count indictment would have included 1 2/3 to five years in prison, as well as restitution.