ST. PETERS • Victoria Ann Marut, 23, who admitted faking cancer while she was a graduate student at Truman State University, was sentenced Monday to five years on probation.
Marut, of St. Peters, pleaded guilty earlier to forging a doctor’s signature.
The case developed last fall when the principal of the grade school where Marut was doing field work became suspicious of her claim of having terminal cancer.
Teachers at the school had donated gift cards and meals as well as hats and a wig to cover her bald head, while others planned a fundraiser.
After Marut missed work because of her illness, a Truman professor, at the principal’s request, required her to get a doctor’s note.
The principal still wasn’t satisfied so the professor checked with the doctor and found the story was a hoax.