An Asbury, Iowa, woman accused of lying about two home invasions has accepted a plea deal.
Stephanie A. Settle, 58, on Monday pleaded guilty to charges of filing a false report and insurance fraud by presenting false information. Iowa District Court Judge Thomas Bitter set sentencing for Feb. 8.
According to court documents, authorities responded to Settle's home Jan. 14 after receiving a report of a burglary. Settle said a man attacked her with a knife and stole about $15,000 worth of jewelry and other items. Authorities again were called to Settle's home March 4, when Settle claimed she was assaulted in her garage by a man with a sharp object.
In both incidents, medical professionals said Settle's injuries did not match her account of the attacks.
Court documents state Settle filed an insurance claim for the items she said were stolen Jan. 14. The insurance company paid her $5,895.50.
Under the plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend a 30-day suspended jail sentence for the false report charge and a deferred judgment for insurance fraud. A second charge of filing a false report would be dismissed.