Alleged Holocaust pretender found in Montana
LONGMONT, Colo. – A 72-year-old woman who fled Colorado after she was accused of pretending to be a Holocaust survivor to bilk sympathetic neighbors has been found working at a motel in Montana.
Boulder County authorities say they won’t seek extradition for Rosemarie Pence, who claimed to have survived the Dachau concentration camp. Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett said he wouldn’t invest money in extraditing Pence, but she would be arrested if she returns to Colorado on her own.
Pence told neighbors she was once a skier on the German Olympic team, and that her husband went missing in action in Vietnam. When neighbors discovered Pence was a fraud, she fled.
Pence’s stories were so compelling that local author Jean Messinger wrote a biography about her.
Another Boulder County woman loaned Pence at least $70,000 and let Pence live with her. Pence told her Steven Spielberg was going to pay Pence $7 million to make a movie about her life.
Under pressure, Pence later wrote her a $200,000 check, but did not have enough money in the bank to cover it.
Pence also secured speaking engagements and a guest appearance with a well-known evangelist.
A Boulder police officer and his wife allowed Pence to live with them in their Longmont home for much of 2009 until they started questioning her stories.
Pence’s now ex-husband is a retired U.S. Air Force master sergeant, and the officer found him living out of state and questioned him about her stories.
County investigators confirmed a tip that Pence is working at a Super 8 Motel in Butte, Mont.
She is wanted in Boulder County on an outstanding warrant for theft of more than $20,000 and check fraud.
Information from: Daily Times-Call, http://timescall.com/