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Woman Lies About Having Cancer, Will Serve Over Two Years in Prison

Woman lies about having cancer in order to avoid sentencing for prior identity theft charges


Aliyah Davis, a woman from Connecticut who lied about having cancer, has been sentenced to more than two years in prison.

On Monday, a federal judge in New Haven sentenced her to 30 months. She pled guilty to multiple charges including aggravated identity theft and wire fraud.

The Richard C. Lee courthouse in New Haven, Conn.

David lied about the cancer in order to avoid reporting to prison on a fraud conviction.

In late 2014, Davis was sentenced to four years in prison for fraud. At the time, she was known as Theresa Sutherland. Authorities have reported that Davis engaged in an identity theft scheme at the insurance company she worked for.


Davis forged the signature of several medical professionals when she wrote multiple letters to the prosecutors detailing her condition. She was granted postponements of when she was required to report to prison.

Prosecutors say she changed her name to Aliyah Davis and then committed unemployment compensation fraud.

In court, Davis’s lawyer said that she survived a rough childhood and managed to become successful; but she needs both counseling and substance abuse treatment. The judge ordered that she begins serving her sentence after she completes her previous one.

Her lawyer said he believed a fair sentence would be adding 12 to 18 months of prison time to the original sentence of four years. However, the 36-year-old will serve an additional 30 months.

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