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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Tennessee

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Knoxville Woman Sentenced To One Year In Prison For Lying To Court About Cancer Diagnosis

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Angela Elwood, 48, of Knoxville, Tenn., was sentenced on Jan. 17, 2013, by the Honorable Thomas W. Phillips, U.S. District Court Judge, to serve one year in federal prison.

On Aug. 17, 2012, United States Attorney William C. Killian filed an information in U.S. District Court charging Elwood with obstructing justice by lying to the court about having cancer so that she could delay her reporting date to the federal Bureau of Prisons to begin a prison term imposed for a bank fraud conviction.

According to court documents, Elwood admitted that following her bank fraud conviction in 2009, and while awaiting designation and a reporting date to a federal prison facility, she obstructed the due administration of justice by having the Court extend her reporting date to federal prison based on medical documents submitted to the Court that she fabricated to falsely state that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and needed immediate medical treatment. At the time Elwood submitted the false medical documents to the Court, she already had been told by a medical professional that she in fact did not have breast cancer.

This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney F. M. (Trey) Hamilton III represented the government.

Updated March 18, 2015