Woman Who Faked Having Cancer to Get Her Abortion Funded Found Guilty of Scamming

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Aug 3, 2016   |   3:13PM   |   Phoenix, AZ

The same Arizona woman who lied about a cancer diagnosis to get a taxpayer-funded, late-term abortion was convicted of fraud involving a veterans charity this week, AZ Central reports

A Maricopa County, Arizona jury convicted Chalice Renee Zeitner, 31, of fraud schemes, theft, money laundering, identity theft and other fraud-related charges on Tuesday, according to the report.

The conviction stems from Zeitner’s involvement with the Veterans Hope and Armed Forces Racing organizations. She got involved with the groups by claiming that she was a Marine Corps veteran, a lawyer and a race car driver, according to the report. She solicited tens of thousands of dollars in donations for a fictitious gala that she claimed to be planning for the veterans organizations, the report states. She also reportedly stole the identity of the Veterans Hope founder, opened credit card accounts in the founder’s name and amassed more than $25,000 in debt.

Zeitner has a history of fraudulent activity and was found guilty of other crimes earlier this year after she faked a life-threatening cancer diagnosis to get a late-term, taxpayer-funded abortion.

Women can have abortions paid for through the Arizona Medicaid program if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest or if the woman’s life is in jeopardy. Zeitner faked a cancer diagnosis and forged a doctor’s note to abort her baby in 2010, claiming the abortion was medically necessary to save her life, according to the documents. State officials said $6,346.48 taxpayer dollars were spent to abort her late-term unborn child, according to The Arizona Republic.

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In another horrifying detail of the case, her baby was born alive after the abortion and left to die — with medical staff apparently doing nothing to save the infant’s life, LifeNews previously reported. Her unborn child was 22 weeks along and weighed more than 1 pound, according to ABC 15. The child possibly could have lived if he or she had received proper medical care.

However, “the baby lived for approximately 20 minutes and received no life-saving measure by hospital staff,” according to court documents.

A jury convicted Zeitner of crimes related to the abortion in April.

She is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 12 for the abortion-related convictions and on Sept. 8 for the convictions related to the veterans charities, according to AZ Central.