California Woman Pleads Guilty to Fire Scam

  • Source: NBC Los Angeles
  • Published: 03/05/2019 12:00 AM

A San Juan Capistrano woman, who made appeals on the "Dr. Phil" show and social media sites that netted around $6,000 in cash and goods that she claimed would go to crews battling the massive Holy Fire, pleaded guilty Friday to nearly three dozen criminal charges stemming from the donation scam. Ashley Kay Bemis was sentenced to 177 days in jail, or about credit for time served since her arrest Dec. 18. Bemis admitted one count of grand theft and four counts of second-degree burglary, all felonies, and six counts of dissuading a witness from reporting a crime and two dozen fraud counts, all misdemeanors. The 28-year-old unmarried defendant claimed to be married to a firefighter and posted photos of herself and the phony husband asking for donations on various social media pages, according to Orange County Sheriff's Department investigators.


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