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A British bride pretended to be dying from breast cancer to get her colleagues to pay for her wedding, a court heard.

Julie Parker told staff at the Manchester care home where she and husband-to-be, David Parker, both worked that she had only a year left to live, Metro UK said.

Staff and residents at the home then collected more than $1,750 to pay for a reception, a night at a hotel and gifts for the big day in July 2018.

They became suspicious when Parker, 54, returned to work after the wedding and still showed no signs of illness.

“I asked Julie three times if she had cancer and she finally broke down and admitted she had lied,” care home manager ­Eliza­beth Abedo told the court, The Sun said.

Parker initially insisted she was referred to a cancer hospital for chemotherapy treatment in 2017.

Julie Parker allegedly faked having terminal breast cancer to dupe work colleagues into helping pay for her wedding.Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd

But prosecutor Adam Bonney insisted, “No medical institution has any records of cancer treatment for her over that period. It is a fantasy by Mrs. Parker that she had cancer.

“She told a lie in 2017 and it snowballed.”

Parker, from Hyde, was found guilty of fraud by false representation at Tameside Magistrates’ Court. She will be sentenced next month.

Julie and David Parker walking outside court.Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd

Her husband, 55, was cleared of the same charge. Both have been fired from the care home for gross misconduct.

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