Authorities allege Ashley Bemis profited from “kind-hearted people” when she collected thousands of dollars in gifts and donations to support her fictitious firefighter husband, “Shane,” and his fake firefighter colleagues during Southern California’s “Holy Fire” in September 2018.

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“It’s true that I’ve been accused of that. That’s not what my goal was,” says the 28-year-old who admits she invented “Shane.”

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“I was trying to honestly help the firefighters,” she adds. Ashley has not been charged with a crime and says she donated most of what she received.

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‘I Donated As Much As I Possibly Could,’ Claims Woman Who Received Contributions While Pretending To Be Married To A Firefighter