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.

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