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Monday, 13 January 2014 15:54

Lexington woman pleads no contest in cancer scam

(SANDUSKY) -- A Lexington woman who claimed for years that she had cancer has pleaded no contest to fraud. 38-year old Sara Ylen appeared Monday in Sanilac County Court and plead no contest to two of six charges including obtaining more than $20,000 in services because of false pretenses, which is a 10-year felony and healthcare fraud, which is a 4-year felony. A no-contest plea is not an admission of guilt, but is treated as such at sentencing. Ylen is accused of deceiving an insurance company and the public into believing that she had cancer. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is seeking over $120,000 in restitution. Her sentence will be handed down on February 19 at 9 a.m. Ylen gained widespread sympathy and public generosity after she agreed to tell her story of being a rape victim back in 2003. Her alleged attacker, James Grissom, served about a decade in prison before his conviction was overturned based on Ylen's credibility. Most recently, Ylen was found guilty in St. Clair County of making a false report of rape against two men in 2012 and tampering with evidence. She is set to be sentenced in that case on Friday, January 17 in St. Clair County Circuit Court. She remains jailed after her bond was revoked on December 5.