A VERNAL WOMAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED, THIS WEEK, TO A MONTH IN JAIL, AFTER ADMITTING SHE LIED TO PEOPLE...CLAIMING HER 4-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER HAD CANCER.

ABREAIL WINKLER, 30, COLLECTED MORE THAN $3000, THROUGH THE RUSE.

SHE PLEADED GUILTY TO A MISDEMEANOR COUNT OF COMMUNICATIONS FRAUD...AND APOLOGIZED FOR HER ACTIONS.

PROSECUTORS SAY WINKLER EVEN TOLD HER EX-HUSBAND -- AND THE PRESCHOOL GIRL, HERSELF -- SHE HAD CANCER.