June 24, 2013 at 3:58 PM
Indictment: Auburn woman faked cancer diagnosis to steal $400,000
An Auburn woman has been indicted on charges she faked a cancer diagnosis and convinced an elderly victim to give her more than $400,000 for treatment, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The woman, 51-year-old Julie Ann Dahlquist, allegedly committed the wire fraud scheme between May 2009 and September 2012, collecting 190 checks of up to $9,000 from a victim who wanted to help.
Dahlquist apparently used the money for gambling and other expenses, according to a news release.
The indictment also charges Dahlquist with hiding the proceeds of her wire scheme and $100,000 in gambling proceeds so she could get $8,000 in benefits from the Social Security Administration.
Wire fraud carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Social Security fraud has a 5-year maximum.
Dahlquist, who was arrested Monday, is expected to appear in U.S. District Court in Seattle on Tuesday.
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