Woman who faked cancer sentenced to 1-year term

SANDUSKY, Mich. — A judge sentenced a Michigan woman to a year behind bars Wednesday for an ‘‘almost mind-boggling’’ scam that tricked an insurance company and swindled people in small communities who believed she was dying of cancer.

Authorities said it was all an extraordinary lie: No doctor has ever stepped forward to even suggest that Sara Ylen had cancer.

Ylen, 38, already is serving a minimum five-year prison sentence in another case of deceit, and the one-year punishment for fraud will run at the same time.


Ylen accepted thousands of dollars from supporters who for years regularly read of her plight in the Port Huron Times Herald. She repeatedly forged medical records, including documents that bore the letterhead of cancer specialists at the University of Michigan.

Associated Press