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Woman pleads not guilty in acid hoax case

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VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - The Vancouver woman facing theft charges after falsely claiming that a stranger had splashed acid in her face spoke only two words during her brief court hearing Wednesday in which she entered a not guilty plea.

Bethany Storro answered "yes" when Judge John Nichols asked her whether she understood the charges and whether she was pleading not guilty.

Storro has confessed that she made up the story about how she got the facial burns that were still evident at Wednesday's hearing. She says she put drain cleaner on her face in a suicide attempt.

Court records show Storro spent about $1,500 of the $28,000 worth of donations sent to her to help with medical bills. The documents say she spent the money on dinners with her parents, clothes and a laser facial peel.

Her parents have said the money will be returned. Her trial is scheduled Dec. 20.