Man Gets Jail Time For Claiming His Sister Died In Terrorist Attacks

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - A man who accepted gifts and money from sympathetic co-workers after falsely claiming that his sister died in the World Trade Center attacks was sentenced to the maximum one year in prison Monday.

"Shame on you for doing this," Stark County Common Pleas Judge Sara Lioi said as she sentenced Ronald Davis, 49, of Canton. Davis pleaded guilty on Wednesday

Lioi also ordered Davis to pay back the money he accepted and serve 500 hours of community service.

Co-workers at the Hoover Co. plant in North Canton gave money, toys and clothing to Davis for an orphaned 7-year-old niece they had never seen, police said. A union raised $1,700.

Nearly $6,000 more was raised but withheld after a suspicious co-worker asked police to check on Davis. The New York medical examiner could not find Davis' sister listed among the dead or missing, police said.

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