Elizabeth Emilie Bateman

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Elizabeth Emilie Bateman

Former Steamboat Springs woman accused of faking cancer turns herself in

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— The former Steamboat Springs woman who police say faked having cancer turned herself in Friday morning at the Routt County Jail.

A judge on Wednesday signed off on the arrest warrant for Elizabeth Emilie Bateman, 34.

Bateman is accused of hosting a fundraiser for what is thought to be a fake cancer charity and spending the $7,000 in proceeds on herself, for which she faces a felony theft charge.

Police began investigating the incident in March after police say Bateman posted on Facebook that she had faked having cancer.

Bateman, who currently lives in New Mexico, was booked at the jail, posted a $10,000 bond and then was released.

She is due in court at 8:30 a.m. June 18.

Bateman’s arrest warrant ordered that she be arrested on suspicion Class 4 felony theft. The Routt County District Attorney’s Office has not filed formal charges.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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