TWIN FALLS, Idaho — A south-central Idaho woman who is charged with holding a fundraiser while falsely claiming her daughter had cancer is now also charged with faking a pregnancy to seek financial help.
Lisa Holley, of Buhl, was charged with felony theft by deception last week. She tells the Times-News she is scheduled to make an initial court appearance on Wednesday.
Twin Falls County prosecutors allege Holley, 44, told a church pastor in December that she needed financial help because she was pregnant with triplets and then received $1,400 in money or merchandise over the next several months.
In January, the church pastor received a call from someone claiming to be a midwife at St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center asking if the pastor or the church could help her get items for Holley because she was pregnant with triplets, court records said.
Later that month, the pastor sent an email to church members asking for assistance, but she also was suspicious and called St. Luke's, learning it did not have a midwife program.
In March, Holley called the pastor and said she miscarried and had given the donated items to a friend who either had infants or was pregnant.
Holley told the Times-News she has a doctor's statement saying she was pregnant but miscarried. However, prosecutors said they checked records at hospitals in Twin Falls and Jerome and found nothing to indicate Holley was pregnant. Holley said investigators looked at the wrong hospitals, but she declined to name the right hospital.
A doctor's note from a March 12 visit to Family Health Services indicated Holley believed she was pregnant following a test at the Pregnancy Crisis Center. A test done at the Twin Falls hospital was negative.
On Monday, Holley said the test was done after she miscarried.
Prosecutors said they could not find any records between July 2011 and September 2012 from any hospital or Holley's personal doctor to show she was ever pregnant with triplets.
Holley and her husband each face two counts of felony theft by deception for gathering donations and holding an August fundraiser by saying they needed money to help treat their daughter's cancer. Prosecutors said the daughter does not have cancer, was removed from her parents' custody and is living with relatives in Seattle.
Holley's husband, Michael Wayne Holley, pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony theft by deception on Oct. 22. He told investigators he and his wife were trying to raise money to hire an attorney to regain custody of their 14-year-old daughter.