A woman in Michigan's Thumb has been charged with fraud, just days after being charged with making a false report of rape.
Sara Ylen's credibility has been under scrutiny. After nearly 10 years in prison, a man convicted of raping her, James Eugene Grissom, was released last fall after authorities learned she had made up sexual-assault allegations in California.
That information wasn't available at Grissom's trial.
---James Grissom spent 10 years in prison after Ylen accused him of rape
In an entirely different case, the 38-year-old Ylen has been charged with making a false report of rape in St. Clair County.
The latest case filed Monday in Sanilac County accuses Ylen of health care fraud by making a false statement.
She's also charged with crimes based on false pretenses, some involving more than $20,000. It's unknown whether the Lexington resident has an attorney.
Ylen also faces a charge of filing a false police report involving a false rape claim she made in September 2012.
Ylen's account of rape was featured on television
It doesn't take long to find stories of Ylen on the internet -- from her recounting her rape (the one she is now charged with making a false police report) to fundraisers held in her honor to raise funds for the cancer she claimed to have contracted after the alleged rape.
Ylen's story of her reported rape was featured in the WOW cable show "Captured." Her story, titled 'In Broad Daylight', aired on December 7, 2009.
Here's the show's summary of Sara's story:
On a sunny Saturday in May, 2001, Sara Ylen pulled her van into a crowded department store parking lot in Port Huron, Michigan. But, when she opened her door to get out, a man grabbed her. He forced her into the back of the van behind its darkly tinted windows, then hit Sara until she passed out. When she regained consciousness, he was gone. Bleeding and bruised, she drove home, locked herself in the bathroom and showered with scalding hot water. The next day, Sara and her husband Jim reported the assault to the authorities. Three days went by before she finally told her husband the truth: she had been raped. He took her to the ER, where doctors informed her it was too late to collect forensic evidence. For months, Sara struggled to come to terms with the attack. Then, one day while she was driving, Sara became terrified when she saw a man in another vehicle who resembled her attacker. She knew she had to do something. She went back to the police. The cops had no evidence to work from, but Sara was determined. She spent hours at her computer going through the Michigan sexual-offenders' registry. When that failed, she went to the police station in October 2002 and sat down with mug shot books. More than four days and 10,000 faces later, Sara broke into tears. She'd found the face she was looking for: James Eugene Grissom, a department store employee, had molested a six-year-old child two months before Sara was raped. The police arranged a lineup. Grissom arrived with a shaved head and beard and Sara was unable to identify him. But, when Sara remembered a lost detail from the rape - a skull tattoo that matched Grissom's, he was arrested on March 22, 2003. At trial, Grissom's attorney tried, and failed, to suppress evidence of the tattoo. Then, Sara took the stand herself and during twenty hours of testimony, she detailed what she remembered from the attack. Grissom was found guilty. At sentencing, the judge sentenced Grissom to fifteen to thirty-five years, the maximum the law allowed.
Fundraisers were held in Ylen's honor
An article written in The Voice (a newspaper which serves northern Macomb and St. Clair Counties) on July 5, 2010 talks about Ylen finding support for her cancer throughout the Blue Water area. A fundraiser was held at the Elks Lodge in Port Huron to help raise funds for Ylen and her two children.
In the article she is quoted as saying, "People are coming forward and doing whatever they can to help out and it has left me speechless."
The Port Huron Police Department, the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department, Safe Horizons and Michael's Car Center all chipped in as sponsors of the fundraiser.
In the article, the event committee member Carol Koob is quoted as saying, "Sara has been a huge inspiration as she has spent a lot of time doing public speaking on rape and abuse."
"She is a very loving and giving person and hopefully the community will give back to her for all her efforts on such an important topic," Koob said.
Kristen Richardson organized the 2010 event. She told the newspaper, "Sara coming forward with her story was unheard of and she has helped a lot of sexual assault victims dig up the courage to come forward and not be ashamed."
"For everything that she has done for the community, the least we could do is hold an event for her to say thank you and we love you for everything you have done," Richardson said.