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Jury convicts woman accused of faking cancer

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Posted at 12:36 PM, Apr 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-25 15:36:21-04

A jury has convicted an Arizona woman accused of faking a cancer diagnosis to get the state to pay for her late-term abortion.

Maricopa County Superior Court officials say jurors on Monday found Chalice Zeitner guilty on all 11 counts against her.

Zeitner was accused of presenting falsified medical records to support her claim that she had cancer and telling an obstetrician that her pregnancy put her life in danger.

The Arizona health care program in which Zeitner was enrolled covers the costs of abortions in limited circumstances, such as when a mother's life is endangered.

Investigators say the scheme was discovered a year after the 2010 abortion.

Zeitner's attorney says his client genuinely believed she was sick and didn't set out to defraud anyone.