Woman who faked cancer sentenced to 1 year in jail

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A Michigan woman who pleaded no contest to pulling off a cancer scam has been sentenced to one year in jail that will be served at the same time as another prison sentence.

Sara Ylen of Lexington accepted thousands of dollars from supporters and was treated by a hospice service for two years after claiming to have cancer. Authorities say it was an extraordinary lie: No doctor has stepped forward to even suggest she had cancer.

Ylen appeared Wednesday in Sanilac County court, 90 miles northeast of Detroit. A no-contest plea is treated like a regular conviction for the purpose of a sentence.

In a separate case, Ylen was last month sentenced to a minimum of five years in prison for falsely accusing two men of raping her.

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