Woman sentenced for faking illnesses to get donations

Posted at 11:48 AM, Mar 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-15 13:48:49-04

LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado woman accused of faking illnesses to get donations has been sentenced to a year in the Larimer County work release program and 10 years' probation.

The Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald reports 45-year-old Kristin Eagle, of Loveland, was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty in January to computer crimes and charitable fraud.

The plea deal allows Eagle to shed charges alleging theft between $100,000 and $1 million, two counts of identity theft, unauthorized financial transaction, and forgery of a government-issued document.

Eagle must also pay restitution in the case. Prosecutor Shaun Reinhart implied restitution could be as much as $19,000.

Defense attorney Daniel Jasinski argues that Kristin Eagle's crimes stemmed from unnoticed mental illnesses that led her to siphon funds from the Fort Collins mountain bike community.