RSS Feeds

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.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.