Nibley woman accused of faking cancer diagnosis appears in court

Lesley Elizabeth Jensen, 26, being escorted from 1st District Court.

LOGAN — A 26-year-old Nibley woman accused of faking a cancer diagnosis to steal money, appeared again in court Tuesday and was ordered to remain in jail.

Lesley Elizabeth Jensen continued her initial appearance in 1st District Court. She is being charged with nine felony counts of communications fraud and forgery.

Jensen’s attorney, Greg Skordas, told the court he had hoped to visit with Cache County Attorney James Swink and discuss the possibility of bail but instead asked the judge for more time.

Outside the courtroom Skordas said both he and Jensen want to move this case along quickly since she remains in jail.

“Well, she’s been in custody now for about a month,” said Skordas. “She is anxious to keep the case moving forward and we set it on a fairly fast track. So we will be back in two weeks to address both bail and decide if there is going to be a preliminary hearing.”

State attorneys previously asked for Jensen to be held without bail due to concerns for her safety and that she could be a flight risk.

Skordas said he doesn’t believe those concerns are still valid.

“Well, I think that we have information that we’re going to provide the state that will give them some confidence that those are no longer issues,” said Skordas.

Jensen claimed to be diagnosed with advanced stages of glioblastoma brain cancer last year. Police allege she created, altered and forged fictitious medical documents to steal money from family, friends and charity fundraisers.

Prior to being arrested, Jensen was being treated at Logan Regional Hospital after Cache County Sheriff’s deputies found her unconscious in a vehicle.

Jensen will appear again in court January 20.

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