Woman gets prison time for false rape report

A judge sentenced a "tormented and disturbed" Michigan woman to at least five years in prison Friday for falsely accusing two men of rape, a punishment that came just days after she pleaded no contest to a cancer scam in a separate case that also challenged her credibility.
AP Wire
Jan 18, 2014

 

St. Clair County Judge Daniel Kelly exceeded the guidelines, saying it would be a "travesty of justice" to sentence Sara Ylen to less.

In December, Ylen, 38, was convicted of making up a story about two men attacking her at her Lexington home, 80 miles northeast of Detroit. The jury also convicted her of tampering with evidence by using makeup to create what looked like bruises.

Ylen's integrity has been shattered after years of being considered a sympathetic figure in eastern Michigan.

She accepted thousands of dollars from supporters and was treated by a hospice service for two years after claiming to have end-stage cervical cancer that had spread throughout her body. But state police found no evidence confirming a cancer diagnosis, and Ylen on Monday pleaded no contest to fraud in Sanilac County.

Comments

Lanivan

There is something very strange about this story. #1 - How could someone claim to have end-stage cancer and be under hospice care for two years when there are presumably no medical records of an official diagnosis or treatment?

#2 - How on earth could this woman go for two years accepting thousands from supporters without someone from the medical community speaking out that her claims were bogus?

#3 - Clearly this woman has mental issues and committed fraud. But 5 years in prison? When earlier this week a local resident was sentenced with a slap on the wrist after plowing into another boat while under the influence, causing serious injury.

LessThanAmused

I can't speak to the cancer scam, but as far as the false rape allegations.....yeah, 5 years sounds about right to me. It's my opinion that happens more often than most might think.

She could have, or did cause possibly irreparable damage to someone's life with her false accusations and that's not something that I (or should anyone else) take lightly. Sounds like she needs some serious help in the head area, but there's no excuse for involving others in her dementia.

I could tell you a whale of a story about a crazy woman from years ago (it'd all be true mind ya.....), but it gives me the heebie jeebies every time I think about it. Sure would be one for the book though.....

Lanivan

I wonder if the number of times a woman falsely excuses someone of rape is equal to, greater than, or less than, the number of times a woman says nothing at all about a rape.

My feeling here is that this woman, who clearly has mental health issues, felt empowered after somehow inexcusably being allowed to get away with the cancer scam, and figured she was on a roll of invincibility. Worth 5 years in prison? Maybe. Should a man who plowed into a boat while intoxicated causing serious bodily harm get no prison time? No.

LessThanAmused

"I wonder if the number of times a woman falsely excuses someone of rape is equal to, greater than, or less than, the number of times a woman says nothing at all about a rape".

I would say less to much less, but that wasn't my point. The fact is that false accusations do happen and attempting to ruin someone else's life for any reason needs to be dealt with severely.

"Worth 5 years in prison? Maybe. Should a man who plowed into a boat while intoxicated causing serious bodily harm get no prison time? No."

Again, I would agree, but then that's the problem with the justice system. You have a wide variety of judges. From the famous hanging judges to the milk-toast ones who think a slap on the wrist and a week's worth of community service fixes the problem. If the boater guy would've run up against the same judge this psycho chick dealt with I'll bet he'd be doing some time along with other ramifications. I got a real chuckle out of the judge telling him he couldn't have any beer for the next year or so. Now who is going to enforce that little tidbit? I'd betcha 50 bucks we hear about this cat again before two years is up and it'll probably involve alcohol.

 

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