Woman admits staging sex assault in bid to get bigger payout on harassment suit: The Star

The Star:

A Kansas woman Friday admitted in federal court that she and another woman staged a sexual assault in hopes of getting a bigger payout in a sexual harassment lawsuit.

Julie R. Bernet, 40, of Bucyrus, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Bernet acknowledged that she and Lindsey D. Crawford, 23, had hoped to convince police that the assault at Crawford’s Waldo area garage was in retaliation for a harassment lawsuit that they had filed against an automobile dealership where both formerly worked.

Crawford, 23, pleaded guilty last week to a conspiracy count. Another defendant, Gordon F. Reabe Jr., 51, of Lee’s Summit, could go to trial in August.

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