An Arizona woman has a warrant out for her arrest after investigators discovered she forged a doctor’s note so she could have an abortion funded by public money.
Chalice Renee Zeitner, 29, is a convicted con artist with an extensive criminal history of forgery, child endangerment, drunk driving, drug use and credit card fraud, according to reports.
Her most recent crime came at the expense of the state. Zeitner lied about having cancer to qualify for an abortion while on Arizona’s Medicaid insurance.
The government-funded health insurance for low-income citizens will pay for abortions in cases of rape, incest or “medical necessity.” This includes cases in which the pregnancy could cause potential harm to the mother or worsen a serious health condition.
According to charging documents, Zeitner purportedly got a note from a doctor in Massachusetts stating she had cancer.
Court documents state that Zeitner, who was 22 weeks pregnant at the time, received “what was thought to be a medically necessary late-term abortion.”
“Zeitner claimed she had stage IV sarcoma in her abdomen and lower spine, had received chemotherapy and radiation treatments and was rescheduled to receive a life-saving surgery in Boston,” documents state.
The abortion was performed in 2010. A year later, Zeitner was pregnant again and returned to the same doctor to deliver her full-term baby by cesarean section.
During the birth, doctors found no signs of cancer, ABC 15 reported.
A subsequent investigation revealed that the Boston doctor, who allegedly signed Zeitner’s note, “did not know Zeitner and had never treated her,” court documents state.
The letter stating that Zeitner had cancer was proven to be forged and she is now facing charges of fraud, theft and forgery. A warrant for her arrest was issued on May 6 but records do not indicate if she has been arrested yet.
Zeitner has a history of fleeing from town when in trouble with the law. She was previously accused of forging a document stating that she was a soldier for five years from 2003-2008. Further investigation revealed she had only been on active duty for two months and three days.
A DD214 document shows Zeitner’s signature, but she says a former lover forged her signature and framed her.
Zeitner also ran a veteran charity called Veteran’s Hope, reports This Ain't Hell, but there's no full tax Form 990 on file because the charity had not reached the $50,000 threshold.
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