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Jul 19, 2013 9:30 AM by AP

Former deputy pleads guilty to faking cancer

ARCADIA, La. (AP) - A former Bienville sheriff's dispatcher has pleaded guilty to faking cancer and accepting more than $6,000 from co-workers and church members to assist with medical expenses.

28-year-old Erin Bradley, of Saline, confessed to theft over $1,500 before a Bienville Parish judge on Wednesday.

The judge sentenced her to five years in prison with all but one year suspended and three years of probations. Bradley also has a $500 fine and she is to make restitution to her victims, according to the DA's office.

Authorities say Bradley started telling sheriff's co-workers about her fictitious diagnosis in June 2012. From there, it spread to her Sunday school class at First Baptist Church in Minden and that's when money started pouring in.

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