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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. - A Virginia mother will be spending Christmas behind bars after allegedly lying about her 4-year-old daughter's health.

Last year, authorities say Katie Patterson told coworkers that her daughter had leukemia and she didn't have the money to pay for the necessary medicine.

At that point, several coworkers told WTVR that they gave her money.

In fact, Debbie Knight testified that she took a second job just to give the money to Patterson.

Five months later, a coworker spotted Patterson's daughter and learned that she was not actually sick.

Patterson pleaded guilty to felony obtaining money by false pretenses.

A judge told Patterson that what she did was horrible and sentenced her to three months in jail and 10 years probation.