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Friday, 17 January 2014 11:06

Ylen sentenced to prison in false rape case

(PORT HURON) -- Sara Ylen is heading to prison. The 38-year old Lexington woman was sentenced Friday morning in St. Clair County after being convicted in early December of filing a false report of rape and tampering with evidence. Ylen received 2-4-years in prison on the false report charge and 3-5-years on the tampering with evidence charge. Both are to be served consecutively. St. Clair County Judge Daniel Kelly exceeded the guidelines, saying it would be a "travesty of justice" to sentence Sara Ylen to any less. She has been jailed since December 5 when it took a jury about half an hour to convict. Authorities say Ylen accused two men of rape in September 2012 and used makeup to create what looked like bruises. The man that spent nearly a decade in prison after Ylen accused him of rape back in 2003, was at her sentencing Friday. James Grissom was set free after his conviction was overturned based on Ylen's credibility.

On Monday, Ylen appeared in Sanilac County and plead no contest to two charges stemming from a fake cancer scam case. A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt, but is treated as such at sentencing. She was charged with four counts of false pretenses, using a computer to commit a crime and healthcare fraud. Authorities say Ylen deceived a hospice service out of thousands of dollars and accepted money from sympathetic supporters after claiming to have cancer for several years. Ylen plead no contest to obtaining more than $20,000 in services because of false pretenses, a 10-year felony, and healthcare fraud, which is a 4-year felony. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is seeking over $120,000 in restitution. Ylen's sentence in Sanilac County Circuit Court will be handed down on February 19.