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Former UCLA student in hoax case 'just wants to put this behind her,' attorney says

July 3, 2010 |  9:40 am

Nancy Salas

Nancy Salas — the Glendale woman who faked her disappearance in May — pleaded not guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor charge for allegedly lying to police about being kidnapped, officials said.

Attorney Jeffrey Tenenbaum appeared before Merced County Superior Court Judge Marc Garcia on behalf of Salas to answer to the charge of providing false information to a police officer. Misdemeanor cases don't require defendants to be present, her attorney said.

"Nancy is at her home in Glendale," Tenenbaum said. "She is doing well. She just wants to put this behind her."

The judge ordered the Merced County Probation Department to determine restitution costs associated with the investigation, Salas' attorney said.

The hearing was supposed to take place Monday, but Tenenbaum failed to appear due to what he said was a scheduling conflict. The missed hearing prompted the judge to issue a $10,000 bench warrant for Salas that was rescinded later that day after Tenenbaum explained the conflict.

On Thursday, Garcia ordered Salas to be present in court during the next hearing on Aug. 13 in an attempt to resolve the case, her attorney said.

Part of that will depend on whether Salas accepts a possible plea deal from county prosecutors, Tenenbaum said.

"I am hoping that we come to a resolution," prosecutor Matt Martinez said. "That's really our goal."

Read the full story in the Glendale News-Press.

-- Veronica Rocha