Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 13, 2013

Woman ordered to trial for cancer fraud

Associated Press

---- — SANDUSKY — A Michigan woman who gained deep sympathy and financial help in her community by claiming to have cancer was ordered to stand trial Friday on fraud and five other charges.

After hearing 10 witnesses over two days, a Sanilac County judge said prosecutors revealed enough evidence against Sara Ylen, who even received hospice care worth $100,000 over a two-year period.

The 38-year-old Lexington woman is charged with false pretenses, fraud and using a computer to commit a crime. State police say she created documents to show she was a patient at University of Michigan cancer center in Ann Arbor and Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Zion, Ill. Both hospitals say she never was treated there.

When investigators went to her home to seize computers in 2012, Ylen subsequently arrived in the passenger seat of a car. She had a scarf around her head and a device supporting her back while a friend was retrieving a wheelchair from the rear of the vehicle, Det. Sgt. Brian Ferguson testified.

“This is basically a broad scheme,” assistant prosecutor Brenda Sanford told a judge. “She alleged she had cancer. All the documents she provided were false.”