An Orange County woman pretended to be pregnant to steal money from an unsuspecting couple.

Following a lengthy investigation, State Police from Troop F arrested  Ashlee Richards, 33, of Walden. Richards is charged with Grand Larceny third-degree, a class D felony.

The investigation determined that Richards committed the crime by false pretense where she systematically conned an unsuspecting couple from Pennsylvania.

Richards pretended to be pregnant in March of 2018 and syphoned monies from the unsuspecting couple through August of 2018, to the tune of aproxmately $7,000.00 in "assorted expenses".

At the end, there was no child and the pregnancy was a hoax.

Richards was arraigned in the Town of Montgomery Court and remanded to Orange County Jail in lieu of $3,500 cash bail, or $7,000 bond.