An Auburn woman was arrested Monday and accused of lying about having cancer to get $400,000 from an elderly neighbor and using the money to pay gambling and other personal expenses.
Julie Ann Dahlquist, 51, was indicted on charges of wire and Social Security fraud, and is scheduled to be in court Tuesday.
She’s accused of falsely telling the 78-year-old woman that she had been diagnosed with the disease and did not have insurance or funds for treatment, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Court records show Dahlquist was both a neighbor and tenant of the woman.
The senior wrote 190 checks for as much as $9,000 to Dahlquist about three times a month between May 2009 and September 2012 for her neighbor’s nonexistent treatments, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Dahlquist used the money for gambling and other expenses, according to the indictment, and allegedly hid $100,000 in gambling proceeds and the money she received from the elderly woman. That income would have disqualified her from receiving the $8,000 she got in Supplemental Security Income benefits from the Social Security Administration.
Wire fraud is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, and Social Security fraud by up to five.
Court records did not list an attorney for Dahlquist.