Earlier this week, we told you about a man who, for 13 years, has been forced to pay child support for a child he's never met or seen. We don't know if that's was for a phantom baby, but that will surface soon. But, today a woman from Maquoketa, Iowa, who faked a birth to collect child support payments from a man she met on an online dating site and then led to believe was the child's father learned her fate. Johna Loreen Vandemore, 34, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, three years of supervised release after imprisonment and ordered to pay $95,850 in restitution to the victim.
Authorities said she also was known by the names Johna Volger and Johna Ratliff. Authorities said Vandemore told the victim she was pregnant while in a relationship in 2007. The victim agreed to provide financial support. Vandemore was not pregnant -- there was no child, authorities said. The victim agreed to make monthly payments of $1,000 plus all child related monthly expenses. She provided a falsified birth certificate and hospital bills for the fictitious child. Authorities said Vandemore sent the victim photos of a family member's daughter, misrepresenting them to be her child with the victim. When Vandemore's husband discovered the monthly $1,000 checks, she told him the payments were residual compensation from prior sales made with Herbalife. Authorities said from August 2007 to October 2013, Vandemore received more than 90 payments from the victim totaling $95,850.The moral of this story: If a jumpoff tells you she's pregnant, demand a paternity test.