An Idaho woman already in hot water for falsely claiming her daughter had cancer, allegedly took her deceit a step further by faking a pregnancy for financial assistance, according to an affidavit filed in 5th District Court.
Lisa Holley, 44, of Buhl, allegedly told a United Methodist Church pastor in December 2011 that she was pregnant with triplets and needed financial assistance. The affidavit alleges that over the course of the next few months Holley deprived people of $1,435 in money or merchandise through the deception.
In March, the affidavit states, Holley allegedly told the pastor she miscarried and gave the donated items to a friend who was in need of help.
As a result of the investigation, Holley was charged last week with felony theft by deception.
Lisa Holley maintains her innocence.
"Whoever made this report on me said I had a fake pregnancy," she told the Magic Valley Times News. "I have a doctor's statement that I was pregnant and I lost my baby."
According to Twin Falls County prosecutors, they were unable to find medical records indicating Holley had been pregnant.
The latest charges against Holley come about two months after Holley and her husband, Michael Wayne Holley, 54, were charged with two counts of felony theft by deception. Prosecutors say the couple gathering donations in August after falsely claiming they were raising money for their 14-year-old daughter's cancer treatment.
According to The Associated Press, the teenage girl does not have cancer and lives with relatives in Seattle.
Michael Holley pleaded not guilty to the deception charges on Oct. 22. His wife is scheduled to appear in court early next month.