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Man sentenced for faking illness to avoid paying

Monday - 2/25/2013, 6:40pm  ET

BALTIMORE (AP) -- A Baltimore man who prosecutors say made a career of faking seizures avoid paying for food he ate in restaurants has been sentenced -- again.

Forty-six-year-old Andrew Palmer pleaded guilty on Friday to theft of less than $100 and theft of less than $1,000 in two incidents, which occurred days after he was released from prison on similar charges. Palmer was sentenced to a year in prison.

Prosecutors say on Jan. 17, Palmer ate at a Fells Point restaurant and pretended to suffer a seizure to avoid paying a bill of more than $60. Authorities say Palmer did the same thing three days later at a downtown steakhouse to avoid a bill of more than $160.

Prosecutors say Palmer has been convicted dozens of times, mostly for dining and dashing.


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