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Woman in fake acid attack to plead not guilty to theft, says lawyer

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Bethany Storro faces three counts of theft
  • She claimed a woman threw acid in her face
  • Storro later confessed to doing the damage herself

(CNN) -- A woman who admitted to throwing a corrosive liquid on her own face will plead not guilty to three counts of theft, her lawyer said Tuesday.

According to prosecutors, Storro gained control over at least $750 each from Michael Kite, Anytime Fitness and Safeway during the time she was promoting the story that she was attacked on August 30 by an African-American woman with an

athletic build and slicked-back hair near a Vancouver, Washington, coffee shop.

Two-and-a-half weeks after the incident, police announced the 28-year-old grocery store employee admitted doing the damage herself.

They say Storro bought drain cleaner at a hardware store and applied it to her face with a towel in a park restroom.

"I will be accompanying and representing Ms. Storro at her arraignment on Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. before the Honorable John Nichols in Clark County Superior Court. At that time, Ms. Storro will be entering pleas of not guilty on all counts," Andrew Wheeler, her defense attorney, said in a statement posted on his website.

Kite is a California resident who sent Storro $1,000 via a PayPal account. Anytime Fitness is a Vancouver gym Storro belonged to and she worked at a Safeway story in Washougal, Washington. Both the gym and Safeway held fundraisers to contribute to Storro's treatment.