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Monday, 06 May 2013 15:42

Lexington woman charged with fraud in Sanilac County

(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The 38-year old Lexington woman charged with making a false report of rape in St. Clair County, was arraigned Monday on several felonies in Sanilac County. Sara Ylen is accused of fraud following a lengthy investigation by the Michigan State Police. She was charged with two counts of false pretenses of $20,000 or more, using a computer to commit a crime, two counts of false pretenses of $1,000 to $20,000 and health care fraud. Investigators say Ylen claimed to have been diagnosed with cancer since 2005 and did in fact receive hospice care in 2009, 2010, and 2011. She identified several physicians that had made a diagnosis of cancer. Investigators say none of those physicians had made a cancer diagnosis. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, who paid more than $94,000 in hospice care, conducted an independent investigation after a complaint from Mercy Hospice. Ylen's bond was set at $10,000 cash/surety. Her preliminary exam is scheduled for May 16 in Sanilac County District Court. The arrest was made shortly after Ylen posted bond in St. Clair County in a separate case of filing a false felony and tampering with evidence back in September. Her arraignment for that case is scheduled for May 22. Last fall, a man convicted of raping Ylen was released from prison after nearly 10-years when authorities learned of other claims of rape in Michigan, California and Colorado that were unfounded.

PHOTO COURTESY OF SANILAC COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT