Woman Who Made Up Iraq Soldier Story Faces Criminal Charges

The woman caught in a web of lies after she reported her made-up husband died heroically during combat in Iraq now faces criminal charges. Sarah Kenney was issued a felony summons Friday from the Mesa County District Attorney's Office asking her to appear in court next Friday.

Kenney is charged with two counts of criminal impersonation, which are Class 6 felonies. The decision comes after an investigation to determine whether Kenney who identified herself as “Amber” benefited from the lies she told one Grand Junction radio station and a military support group about a fictitious husband who she said was shot and killed in Iraq.

District Attorney Pete Hautzinger says although there's no evidence of Kenney benefiting monetarily, he says she benefited from the public attention she received.

Hautzinger says the punishment for a Class 6 felony could be as much as 3 years in the department of corrections. However, he's not seeking jail time for Kenney, instead he hopes the outcome of prosecuting Kenney will be for her to receive mental health treatment.

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