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A Highland woman who faked having multiple illness, and even went on national television to tell her story, has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison. 36-year-old Sarah Delashmit pleaded guilty to fraud charges last October, after she spent at least 4 years pretending to have cancer and muscular dystrophy and trying to benefit financially from the generosity of strangers.
Delashmit was sentenced last week in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis. She pleaded guilty to charges after defrauding nonprofit organizations who tried to help her with bogus illnesses. From 2015 to 2019, she falsely posed as someone with muscular dystrophy and breast cancer and earned financial and physical assistance through fundraisers and from multiple charities. At one point, she attended a camp for persons with disabilities while using a wheelchair and had a personal assistant during that time. Delashmit also obtained a personal assistant when she led others to believe she had terminal cancer. She even appeared on the Dr. Phil television program saying she had a lying addiction. During the trial, prosecutors alleged some of her scams dated back to 2006. Delashmit must serve 18 months in jail, then 3 years supervised release and must pay back the over $7,600 in restitution to nonprofits and others she defrauded.