Before I could adequately comment on this news story, I had to re-acquaint myself with the definition of what makes an essay an essay. Judging by what is presented on this web-site, there is no definition of a fictional essay.
The mother should be taken out to the public square and locked in the stockade for a day while her neighbors throw all their rotten vegetables at her. As for the daughter, good grief where is her real father and not the fictional one that was invented to be killed in Iraq to win free concert tickets to Hannah Montana, four tickets at that. Who was going to use the other tickets or was the mother going to sell them and then pass the winners off as family? Frankly judging by the mother's lack of character and willingness to lie to win the tickets, I bet she would have tried.
The mother had an opportunity to back out gracefully when Club Libby Lu asked for the name of the deceased father. Instead of trying something like this essay is dedicated to all of the fallen in Iraq or actually admitting her daughter's essay was made up of falsehoods, she gave them a name that Club Libby Lu checked with the Department of Defense on and found there had been no soldier killed by that name in Iraq. So instead of being a minor footnote in TV contest fraud history, it is a story being carried by the likes of CNN. So now everyone in the world knows who Priscilla Ceballos is and where she lives.
To Club Libby Lu, kudos for being deliberative in your handling of this matter and for revoking the tickets. Lies with the intent to defraud should never have any reward. Which now means any entry to any essay contest will have to be vetted for truthfulness before any award can be given, all because Priscilla Ceballos decided to "We did whatever we could do to win."