This weekend is the kick-off of wedding season. Vows will be exchanged in front of small and large groups during ceremonies and celebrations that, for many, have been inspired by fairy tales and television shows. One click of your remote, trip to the magazine aisle, or voyage through the wedding planning section of your local bookstore, and it’s clear that the wedding industry is big money.
The day a woman takes the steps in front of friends and family members to officially join with her life-partner, is meant to be magical. But, how far would you go to make sure that everything was Pinterest perfect?
One bride faked a terminal illness. Jessica Vega told boutiques, restaurants, and community members that she only had a few months to live. As a result she collected more than $13,000 worth of gifts and donations. Vega was indicted on fraud and larceny, spent 8 weeks in jail, and was sentenced to 300 hours of community service. She was also ordered to pay the victims of her scam.
“I am pleased that the community members, who felt so compelled to generously help a neighbor in need, will be given back their hard earned money,” Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement.
Victims of Vega’s scam are expected to begin receiving compensation in the coming weeks.
Officials say the scheme lasted from January 2010 to June 2010 and involved eliciting gifts from a bridal couture shop and a high-end restaurant.
Vega was married in May 2010 after claiming she only had a few months to live. She allegedly “went to Aruba for her honeymoon with expenses paid for by people touched by her story,” according to the indictment.
How far would you go for the perfect wedding?