- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

LOGAN, Utah (AP) - A 27-year-old northern Utah woman accused of faking brain cancer and stealing money from charities has been sentenced to a year in jail.

Judge Brian Cannell on Tuesday sentenced Lesley Jensen to serve a year in Cache County Jail and suspended the longer sentences associated with the felony charges of fraud and forgery, The Logan Herald Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1CnjliP).

She could face the lengthier sentence if she didn’t meet several conditions, including paying full restitution of $27,527.08, Cannell said.

Jensen pleaded guilty to the charges in February.

Jensen told people she had terminal cancer, accepted money from fundraisers and forged medical paperwork that she used to request money from a local charity, the Logan Police Department said.

Jensen was shaking and sobbing when she appeared in court and apologized for her actions, the Cache Valley Daily reported.

Gregory Skordas, Jensen’s attorney, said her family has already made a payment of $5,800 toward the restitution. They sold Jensen’s house and all her personal belongings, including her clothing, Skordas said.

Jensen is required to undergo a mental health evaluation and follow recommended treatment. She must also serve 500 hours of community service at a cancer-related charity and participate in community outreach about how lying can get out of control.


Information from: The Herald Journal, https://www.hjnews.com

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