90 days for woman who faked cancer for money

An Ottawa County woman has received a 90-day jail sentence for collecting thousands of dollars in charity while pretending to have cancer.
AP Wire
Jan 17, 2012


Elizabeth A. Smith, 32, of Holland Township was sentenced Monday in Ottawa County Circuit Court in Grand Haven. Judge Edward Post also ordered her to perform 50 hours of community service, and pay $4,350 in restitution and lawyer’s fees.

The Holland Sentinel reported authorities investigated Smith after her employer raised issues about her health claims. Police said she collected $8,000 to $10,000 from a charity fundraiser.

Last month, Smith pleaded guilty to obtaining between $1,000 and $20,000 under false pretenses.

Before the sentencing, Smith told the judge she’d “never been in trouble before” and had been someone “everyone looked up to.”


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