A woman who faked cancer to bilk an elderly Auburn man out of more than $400,000 was sentenced Thursday to two years in federal prison.
Julie Ann Dahlquist, 52, pleaded guilty in November to Social Security fraud, admitting that the money she received from the fraud victim disqualified her from receiving federal disability benefit she'd been collecting. Dahlquist did not report the money she received from the 78-year-old man to the federal government.
As part of her plea agreement, Dahlquist agreed to pay more than $400,000 in restitution to the man, court records show.
Federal prosecutors said Dahlquist told the man in May 2009 that she had cancer and was financially unable to pay for treatment.
The man agreed to help her and wrote nearly 200 checks to her over the course of three years, records show.
Dahlquist used the money for other expenses and to support her gambling addiction, the records show.
At sentencing, U.S. District Court Judge Ricardo Martinez equated Dahlquist's behavior to "no less than elder abuse - taking advantage of the victim's good nature to steal his money," the U.S. Attorney's Office in Seattle reported.