A West Virginia woman who tried to avoid prison by faking her death will be spending an even longer time in the slammer instead.
Julie Wheeler was about to be sentenced for health care fraud when her husband told police she’d fallen into a nearby gorge and disappeared. After a massive search, Wheeler was found hiding in a closet – in her own house.
A convicted fraudster who tried to dodge a prison sentence by faking a dramatic death from a steep West Virginia cliff — only to be found hiding in her closet two days later — will spend an extra year behind bars, prosecutors say.https://t.co/YRcmu9EbxB
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) February 4, 2021
Wheeler has since been sentenced to 42 months for fraud, plus an extra year for obstruction of justice over the fake death scheme. Her husband is facing up to 5 years in prison for his role in the ruse.
Do you think you could successfully fake your own death? Was her plan to just hide out in her house for the rest of her life?