Michigan woman gets 90-day jail sentence in fake cancer case

Elizabeth A. Smith ordered to perform community service, pay $4,350 in restitution

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GRAND HAVEN, Mich. - A western Michigan woman has received a 90-day jail sentence for collecting thousands of dollars in charity while pretending to have cancer.

Thirty-two-year-old Elizabeth A. Smith of Holland Township was sentenced Monday in Ottawa County Circuit Court in Grand Haven. Judge Edward Post also ordered her to perform 50 hours of community service and pay $4,350 in restitution and lawyer's fees.

The Holland Sentinel and The Grand Rapids Press said authorities investigated after Smith's employer raised issues about her health claims.

Police said she collected $8,000 to $10,000 from a charity fundraiser.

Last month, she pleaded guilty to obtaining between $1,000 and $20,000 under false pretenses.

Before the sentencing, Smith told the judge she'd "never been in trouble before" and had been someone "everyone looked up to."

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