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Man who faked seizures to escape bar tabs gets 18 months

By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

7:30 PM EST, January 7, 2012

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He won't be able to fake a seizure to get out of this one.

Andrew Timothy Palmer, a 45-year-old who police and prosecutors say has made a hobby out of dining at restaurants and faking seizures to get out of paying the tab, was sentenced to the maximum of 18 months in jail on Friday, according to court records and a blog report.

It's the second time in less than two years that Palmer has received an 18-month sentence for such crimes. Prosecutors hoped the first, in August of 2010, would teach him a lesson. But records show he got right back to work, adding to a record that includes more than 80 arrests and 40 convictions since 1985, the overwhelming majority for non-violent theft-of-service counts.

He ate buffalo wings and drank nine Blue Moon drafts at Burke's Café, and at Shucker's washed down a pound of steamed shrimp with three glasses of Tanqueray Gin, two Coronas, a Heineken and a Johnny Walker Black Label scotch.

To escape his bill, which was usually under $100, police said, he frequently feigned a seizure, was rushed to the hospital. Once, police found him rolling from side to side and spitting on the floor of a crowded restaurant. At this point, authorities say, paramedics are starting to recognize him.

In August 2010, a city prosecutor told The Sun that after reviewing Palmer's record and a string of 90 days jail sentences, he determined that they had to consolidate cases together to earn a stuffer sentence: "'We have to get this guy more than 90 days. That just doesn't faze him,'" Assistant State's Attorney Scott Richman said.

But that didn't faze him either. Records show he was charged in June 2011 for faking a seizure at an Applebee's in Baltimore County, then eight days later in the city for faking a seizure at Metropolitan in Federal Hill.

According to a post on the Baltimore Crime blog, Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Sherrie R. Bailey on Friday sentenced Palmer to the maximum of 18 months. Court records show the sentence had actually been handed down in September in District Court, but Palmer appealed to Circuit Court.

His antics in the city got him a 90 day jail term.

justin.fenton@baltsun.com


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