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Woman who faked her disappearance gets probation

August 13, 2010 |  5:37 pm

Nancy Salas, a former UCLA student who sparked a massive police search in May after faking her own disappearance, was sentenced Friday to three years of probation and 100 hours of community service.

Salas, 22, appeared before Merced County Superior Court Judge Glenn Ritchey and changed her not guilty plea to no contest to a misdemeanor charge of providing a false report to police, said her attorney, Jeffrey Tenenbaum.

Ritchey sentenced her to unsupervised probation and community service, which she will be allowed to complete in Glendale.

"She understands what she did was wrong," Tenenbaum said.

Salas also was ordered to pay $878 to the Glendale Police Department for the rape exam and medical exam performed after she claimed that she was sexually assaulted, Tenenbaum said.

In response to the court order, Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said his department would welcome any restitution for a case that sapped the resources of dozens of officers over a two-day period.

"We're glad to see that there's finally a resolution in this particular matter," he said.

The Merced Police Department did not seek restitution for its involvement in the investigation.

"She was very relieved that this part of her life is over," Tenenbaum said, adding that Salas was grateful to police for their "professionalism and kindness."

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-- Veronica Rocha in the Glendale News-Press