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Hospital worker pleads guilty to faking mammogram results

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PERRY, Ga. - A former radiology technician accused of filing inaccurate mammogram results at a Georgia hospital has pleaded guilty to 10 counts of reckless conduct and a charge of computer forgery.

Prosecutors have said 33-year-old Rachael Michelle Rapraeger, of Macon, entered nearly 1,300 negative mammogram results at Perry Hospital between Jan. 22, 2009 and April 1, 2010 that hadn't been reviewed by a radiologist.

Prosecutors said 10 of the results were actually positive, and two of the patients died. It's unclear if the patients died of cancer-related complications.

Defense attorney Floyd Buford said Rapraeger was overwhelmed and began entering negative results when she got behind at work.

Rapraeger was sentenced to 10 years of probation and ordered to spend up to six months in a state detention center.

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