Woman Who Perpetrated Cancer Scam Gets 15 Years in Prison

October 30th, 2010 - 12:40 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

Oct 29 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A woman from Maryland who scammed money from her friends and good Samaritans has been sentenced to a fifteen year prison term today by a judge who deemed her a “professional thief”.

Thirty-eight year old Diane Perouty Leone from Rosedale was sentenced to fifteen years, and ordered to pay back fourteen thousand dollars in restitution for the donations which she had received. If she is determined to be guilty in a separate case, for violating probation in a mortgage fraud case, she will likely get even more time.

The Circuit Court Judge for Baltimore County, John Turnbull II watched as Leone cried and begged for leniency and apologizing, and told her that he felt as though she had learned nothing at all from her previous times of being in trouble with the law.

“I have no sympathy for you,” he said. “In my opinion, you’re a professional thief.” He gave her the maximum sentence for her crime.

Leone had told everyone that she had been diagnosed wit stomach cancer, and posted Facebook statuses which sounded as though she was desperate. “I need to raise $1,900 before the end of the night. My medical bills and everything has totally put us in the poor house,” she posted in 2009.

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