Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Times-News: Woman Accused in Cancer Fraud, Fake Pregnancy, Pleads Guilty

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Michael Holley (left) and Lisa Holley (right) admitted to grand theft by deception.
  • Michael Holley (left) and Lisa Holley (right) admitted to grand theft by deception.

A Buhl woman has admitted to grand theft by deception after police arrested her and her husband in August 2012 for conducting a series of fundraising scams, saying they they were raising money for their leukemia-stricken daughter. The woman also falsely claimed she was pregnant with triplets and took additional donations from a Buhl church.

This morning's Twin Falls Times-News reports that 44-year-old Lisa Holley pleaded guilty to two counts of grand theft by deception, in exchange for prosecutors dropping the fake pregnancy charge.

As part of the plea deal, the Times-News reports that Holley will apply for mental health court, but if she fails to complete the mental health court program, she could be sent to prison for three to five years.

In July, Holley's husband pleaded guilty to one count of felony grand theft by deception. He is scheduled for sentencing on Monday, Sept. 30.

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