- Associated Press - Friday, May 23, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - An appearance on the Dr. Phil television show has cost a South Dakota woman her freedom.

Mandi Jackson, 38, was on probation for forging checks from a Rapid City cosmetology school and defrauding an insurance company when she went to California in March to film two segments of the show. Pennington County prosecutor Tracey Decker said Jackson violated a court order by leaving the jurisdiction, and also lied to her probation officer about why she left.

“She gets her way by lying and manipulation, and I think she thought she would get away with this,” Decker said Thursday.

Judge Robert Mandel told Jackson her conduct was “absolutely intolerable” and sentenced her to a year in prison, the Rapid City Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1tsPbEv ).

Jackson said she appeared on the show to try to save her family, after her 17-year-old daughter claimed her stepfather had molested her. During the shows that aired April 30 and May 1, psychologist Phil McGraw’s questioning and a polygraph test revealed the claim was not true.

Jackson has a history of deception. A judge revoked her bond before her December 2012 sentencing on the forgery and fraud charges because she had fabricated a story about the death of a grandmother in a car accident in an effort to delay her sentencing. Prosecutors said the scheme included an email from a fictitious nurse.


Information from: Rapid City Journal, https://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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