Sara Ylen, Rape Accuser, Found Guilty of Healthcare Fraud For False Cancer Claims

| by Allison Geller

Serial liar Sara Ylen, who sent multiple men to prison on false rape charges, has been charged with defrauding the healthcare system of over $100,000 for treatment of cancer she didn’t have.

Ylen, 38, was sentenced Wednesday at a Sanilac County, Michigan courthouse to a year in jail on two counts of fraud. She will serve her time concurrently with another five-year sentence. She will also have to pay $121,000 in restitution to the insurance company Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Ylen managed to rack up $100,000 in hospice charges by claiming she had multiple myeloma. A nurse visited her every week to give her morphine injections while Ylen wore a scarf around her head. But none of the doctors who Ylen claimed had diagnosed her cancer had, in fact, found any trace of the disease.

Sanilac County Circuit Judge Don Teeple did not mince words during his sentencing.

“You took advantage of the good will and generosity of people who were more than willing to assist you, all based on lies,” Teeple said. “You also went to extraordinary lengths to defraud your health care provider of over $90,000 for medical treatment which you did not require.”

Additionally, Ylen gathered $10,000 in donations from her church for her “illness.”

It wasn’t until Tami Fracassa, who knew Ylen's true history, sent an anonymous package with the detals to the pastor of Croswell Wesleyan Church that the donations stopped.

“I knew she’d been lying all along and I’ve been telling people for 10 years she’s been lying,” Fracassa said.

Ylen was handed a five-year sentence in January for falsely accusing two men of raping her and then tampering with evidence. Ylen’s “bruises” from the assault wiped off with gauze at the hospital.

In 2012, James Grissom, a man who Ylen had accused of raping her in 2001, was exonerated after spending nearly ten years in prison.

Will this be the final chapter of Ylen's career in deceit? 

“I don’t think this is the end,” said Fracassa. “I don’t think we’ve heard the last from Sara. She’s going to have a whole new audience in jail.”

Sources: Times Herald, Detroit Free Press