Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Police: Idaho Woman Who Committed Cancer Fraud Also Faked Pregnancy

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 9:30 AM

A Buhl woman, already charged with an elaborate cancer fundraising scam, in which she and her husband told neighbors that their daughter needed funds to battle leukemia, now faces additional charges for faking a pregnancy to seek financial help.

Michael Holley (left) and Lisa Holley (right) were charged with grand theft by deception.
  • Twin Falls County Jail
  • Michael Holley (left) and Lisa Holley (right) have been charged with grand theft by deception.

In August, Citydesk told you about Lisa Holley and her husband, Michael, who, according to police, were planning a car wash and raffle fundraiser while telling neighbors that their daughter had leukemia. Law enforcement said, in fact, the couple was raising money to pay a lawyer to help them regain custody of their daughter.

At the time of the August arrest, police also confiscated gift certificates and gift cards that had been donated to the family from several retailers.

This morning's Twin Falls Time-News reports that Lisa Holley has also recently been charged with felony theft by deception. Prosecutors say Holley told a church pastor she needed financial help because she was pregnant with triplets. She received $1,400 in money and/or merchandise.

Holley claims she was pregnant but miscarried, but prosecutors say hospital records in Twin Falls and Jerome show nothing to indicate Holley was pregnant.

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