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Woman Accused of Fake Cancer Claims Ordered to Undergo Mental Health Evaluation

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Alissa Jackson. Photo courtesy of Belleville Police Department

Alissa Jackson. Photo courtesy of Belleville Police Department

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois judge has reduced the bond for a woman accused of bilking thousands of dollars in donations from people she duped into believing she had terminal cancer.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports St. Clair County Circuit Judge Jan Fiss on Monday lowered Alissa Jackson’s bond from $100,000 to $75,000. Jackson remained jailed Monday night.

Jackson’s attorneys sought a bond at roughly half of that. Prosecutors opposed any change.

The 31-year-old Jackson has pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of theft by deception. Prosecutors haven’t said exactly how much she may have profited by wrongly insisting she had ovarian cancer.

If Jackson manages to post bond, Fiss ordered her to have no contact with the alleged victims, get a mental health evaluation and submit to electronic monitoring.

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