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Woman Acid Attack Hoax to Plead Not Guilty to Theft Charges, Attorney Says

Bethany Storro prior to surgery in Portland, Ore.

Bethany Storro prior to surgery in Portland, Ore.

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- A Washington state woman who falsely claimed a stranger threw acid in her face is due in court, and her defense attorney says the woman will plead not guilty to theft charges.

Andrew Wheeler, an attorney for 28-year-old Bethany Storro of Vancouver, says he expects Storro will be given supervised release after her scheduled appearance Wednesday before Clark County Superior Court Judge John Nichols.

He says in a statement on his law firm's website that Storro is not a flight risk.

Storro is accused of accepting donations after claiming a woman had splashed her with acid on Aug. 30. Police say she later admitted putting drain cleaner on her face.

Prosecutors say Storro spent about $1,500 of the nearly $28,000 donated to her.