Washington state woman faked cancer to bilk elderly neighbor

June 25, 2013 at 3:01 PM

AUBURN, Wash., June 25 (UPI) -- A Washington state woman was arrested after allegedly bilking an elderly neighbor of $400,000 for cancer treatments though she wasn't sick, police said.

Julie Ann Dahlquist, 51, of Auburn told her elderly neighbor and landlord she had cancer but no health insurance or way to pay for treatments. The woman, 78, wrote Dahlquist 190 checks, some for as much as $9,000 at a time.

Police said Dahlquist used the money to pay off gambling and other debts, The Tacoma News Tribune reported Monday.

Dahlquist also allegedly hid $100,000 in proceeds from gambling that would have made her ineligible for $8,000 she got in Supplemental Security Income from the federal government because she was poor.

Police charged Dahlquist with wire fraud and Social Security fraud. If convicted of both charges she could face 25 years in prison.

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