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Teacher who faked cancer pleads guilty to insurance fraud

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SELMA, AL (WSFA) -

LaShondra Moore became the second Selma City School district teacher in two weeks to plead guilty to a crime.

First, it was LaTangela Williams, who literally ran from WSFA 12 News reporter Bryan Henry, after pleading guilty to having sex with two students while teaching at Selma High School.

Moore pleaded guilty to first degree theft, defrauding an insurance company in Elba for more than $13,000.

Moore taught at Kingston Elementary School, but for the last two years she took a huge amount of sick leave after telling everyone she had cancer. Teachers and state school employees from all over the state donated their own sick time to help Moore.

It turned out to be a big lie.

"The records she provided turned out to be falsified," said Dr. Larry DiChiara, head of the intervention team for the state.

DiChiara says this is one more thing the take-over team has to deal with in addition to the problems at the Selma City School system central office which include academic issues at Selma High School and administrative challenges.

"I said at the very beginning it would get worse before it got better," DiChiara said.

Clark Elementary School principal Aubrey Larkin, Jr., admitted all of this is embarrassing and shameful, but feels the 'flushing out' could really be a blessing in disguise.

"As long as we what is right and legal, our reputation will speak for itself," said Larkin.

LaShondra Moore has been told she will be fired, and even though she pleaded guilty to a crime, she has the right to appeal her dismissal. The intervention team has not heard from Moore so far.

The judge sentenced Moore to 32 months in prison but suspended that to 5-years probation. As part of her plea deal Moore agreed to pay $10,000 within a month to the National Security Insurance Group. After Moore pays the $10,000 she can request her probation be reduced to three years while she continues to make restitution payments.

Until then, Dr. DiChiara hopes state school employees will see the Moore case as an aberration.

"I really hope that people who have good in their hearts don't say, 'I'll never do that again because I just got burned.' I've been in this business for 33 years, and this is the first time I've seen this happened. We still have to do the right thing and help our fellow man," DiChiara said.

Dr. DiChiara says the Selma City School system is still in the middle of a whirlwind, but bit by bit the storm is easing.

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