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Date: 10-16-2020

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United States of America v. Sarah A. Delashmit

Case Number: 3:20-cr-30040-SMY

Judge: Staci M. Yandle

Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois (St. Clair County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office

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Description: East St. Louis, Illinois wire fraud criminal defense lawyer represented Sarah A. Delashnit.

According to court documents, Sarah A. Delashmit, age 35, falsely claimed she was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy
and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) to attend Camp Summit, a nonprofit camp in Texas that serves
individuals with disabilities. In October 2015 and March 2016, based on her misrepresentations,
Camp Summit awarded Delashmit a spot as a camper and over $2,500 in financial aid. While at the
camp, Delashmit confined herself to a wheelchair and pretended to need assistance with most daily
activities, such as getting dressed and bathing, despite being fully able to walk and care for
herself. Delashmit admitted in court that her fraud prevented deserving people with real
disabilities from attending the camp and receiving financial assistance.

As part of her guilty plea, Delashmit also admitted falsely posing as a breast cancer survivor to
defraud the Young Survival Coalition (YSC), a New York-based nonprofit organization serving young
adults diagnosed with cancer. In 2017 and 2018, based on her misrepresentations, Delashmit received
over $1,000 in financial benefits and donated items, diverting YSC’s limited resources away from
real cancer survivors. In addition, Delashmit admitted making false statements to a credit card
company and an internet retailer to fraudulently obtain a $4,500 triathlon bicycle.

Sentencing will be held on Jan. 19, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. at the federal courthouse in East St. Louis,
Illinois. Delashmit faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each of the five
fraud charges.

The investigation was conducted by the Highland Police Department, the FBI, and the United States
Postal Inspection Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States
Attorney Luke J. Weissler.

18:1343 Wire Fraud
(1)
18:1028A(a)(1) Aggravated Identity Theft
(2)
18:1343 Wire Fraud
(3)
18:1028A(a)(1) Aggravated Identity Theft
(4)
18:1343 Wire Fraud
(5-6)
18:1341 Mail Fraud
(7)
18:1028A(a)(1) Aggravated Identity Theft
(8)

Outcome: 10/13/2020 25 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Staci M. Yandle: Change of Plea Hearing as to Sarah A Delashmit held on 10/13/2020. Defendant withdraws plea of not guilty as to Counts 1, 3, 5, 6, and 7 of the Indictment and enters guilty plea to same. Sentencing is set for 1/19/2021 at 9:30 AM before Judge Staci M. Yandle. The Court finds that the public health crisis presented by the COVID-19 pandemic demands that it follow public health recommendations to protect the parties, counsel, and court staff, including social distancing. Accordingly, the sentencing hearing scheduled in this case will be conducted by video teleconferencing with the consent of the defendant. Instructions for accessing the videoconference will be provided by email.(Court Reporter Chris LaBuwi.) (slh) (Entered: 10/13/2020)
10/13/2020 26 ORDER as to Sarah A Delashmit. On or before January 12, 2021, Counsel for the defendant shall file the attached Notice advising the Court whether the defendant, after consultation with counsel, consents to hold the sentencing hearing by video teleconference. Signed by Judge Staci M. Yandle on 10/13/2020. (slh)THIS TEXT ENTRY IS AN ORDER OF THE COURT. NO FURTHER DOCUMENTATION WILL BE MAILED. (jlrr). (Entered: 10/13/2020)
10/13/2020 27 PLEA AGREEMENT as to Sarah A Delashmit (slh) (Entered: 10/13/2020)
10/13/2020 28 SEALED PLEA AGREEMENT SUPPLEMENT as to Sarah A Delashmit (slh) (Entered: 10/13/2020)
10/13/2020 29 STIPULATION OF FACTS as to Sarah A Delashmit (slh) (Entered: 10/13/2020)
10/13/2020 30 ORDER FOR PRESENTENCE PROCEDURE as to Sarah A Delashmit. Waiver should be filed no later than one day prior to sentencing. Signed by Judge Staci M. Yandle on 10/13/2020. (Attachments: # 1 waivers) (slh) (Entered: 10/13/2020)

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