After tornadoes struck May 19, felon Misti Dawn Miller asked a judge to give her more time to report to federal prison because her parents' house in Newalla had been destroyed.
“Ms. Miller emailed counsel a picture of the damaged residence while she was at the scene,” her attorney wrote in her request.
The Oklahoma City federal judge agreed, pushing back her deadline to report to prison from May 28 to June 18.
Federal prosecutors said Friday she was lying.
An FBI agent traveled to Newalla June 5 and found her parents' house had not been destroyed, prosecutors told the judge. Instead, the house only had minor, superficial damage.
The FBI investigated her claim after getting an anonymous letter. The Oklahoman and at least one TV station also received the letter.
Prosecutors now are asking U.S. District Judge Timothy D. DeGiusti to consider holding her in contempt of court. She is accused of knowingly and willfully misleading her own attorney, prosecutors and the judge.
She faces up to six more months in prison if she is found in contempt.
Miller, 34, is being held at the Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
She first went to federal prison in February 2010 for stealing money from her great-uncle's business, Milestone Construction Co. She was ordered to spend five months in prison and five months on home detention after pleading guilty to a forged check charge.
She also was ordered to pay $105,088 in restitution.
She wrote checks to employees who no longer worked there or did not exist, then put the checks in her personal account, her first attorney wrote in a sentencing memo.
She sought to get out of prison early, telling the judge her home in Norman had been blown away by a tornado on May 10, 2010. Court records do not reflect whether the judge granted that request.
The judge in April ordered her back to prison for three months for probation violations.
In her request for more time to report to prison, her attorney said she had arranged for her parents to watch her children and needed to help her parents find a new place to live because of the tornado.
Miller also has faced bogus check charges in Woodward, Shawnee and Norman but they were dismissed after she made restitution.