A Michigan woman is facing several fraud charges, some of which are related to filing false claims of being sexually assaulted. The charges come a few months after a man who was convicted of rape against the woman in another state was freed from prison after it was determined that she made up the accusations in that case as well.
The woman told police that the defendant in the earlier case raped her in a parking lot before she attended a wedding rehearsal dinner in 2001. She picked him out of a series of police mug shots and said she saw his face in the rearview mirror of her car. She also claimed that she later developed cancer as a result of a sexually transmitted disease the defendant gave her.
The man was convicted of sexual assault in 2003 and sentenced to prison. But after evidence arose questioning whether the rape actually occurred, defense attorneys sought to have the conviction overturned and the court released him last fall.
The criminal charges against the Michigan woman stem from new claims she made in September that she was sexually assaulted. That report that the woman made to police was also found to be false, prosecutors say. She is also charged with defrauding her health insurance company and donors after it allegedly turned out that she never had terminal cancer as she claimed.
The falsely accused man's life since being released from prison is an example of the damage false sex crime accusations can do. The man, who was in prison for nearly a decade, says he is struggling to find a job or permanent home.
Source: Huffington Post, "Woman Charged With Fraud Days After Accusations Arise That She Falsely Reported Rape," Ed White, May 6, 2013