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Rose M. Dismuke, of Richmond, Va., was sentenced to four months in prison after being found guilty of perjury and attempting to defraud an insurance company. Dismuke claimed that, while shopping at a hardware store for a portable heater on Feb. 21, 2000, she was shocked by the electrical current when the salesperson demonstrated the unit. Dismuke filed suit against the store and the manufacturer of the heater, seeking $3.5 million.

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