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Employee Who Claimed To Have Cancer Said It Was A Charade

A Chattanooga, Tennessee city employee who for five years claimed to have breast cancer while accepting donations of leave time and money from co-workers says her story was a charade.

Thirty-seven-year-old Keele Maynor says she doesn't know why she did it.

Maynor's comments come in a Dec. 12 e-mail to her supervisor obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.

In the e-mail, Maynor says she is relieved she doesn't have to "keep up the charade anymore." She resigned last week as an administrative assistant in Chattanooga's land development department.

The Chattanooga mayor's office said officials are considering legal action against Maynor. A spokesman for the mayor says Maynor took 194 days of leave donated by co-workers and accepted money from them. Maynor also received support for years from nonprofit cancer groups.


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