A Geneseo, Ill., woman who was convicted of fraud after faking brain cancer is serving the minimum sentence for her crimes.
A Henry County jury took less than two hours last month to convict Kristin Holzman, 39, of theft by deception and solicitation. The five-day trial ended with the guilty verdict May 4, and she was to face three to seven years in prison.
Judge Charles “Casey” Stengel imposed a three-year sentence Thursday, along with two years of probation upon her release. She also is to repay $16,812 that was collected from members of her community who were misled into believing she had cancer.
The money was raised through benefits and a bank account that was set up in her name. A nonprofit group also put a new roof on her house at no cost.
“You’re a complete fraud, and I have no compassion for you,” Stengel said at Holzman’s sentencing hearing.
Her attorney, Jack Schwartz, has said Holzman will appeal her conviction.