By NELSON OLIVEIRA / NYDAILYNEWS

A convicted fraudster who tried to dodge a prison sentence by faking a dramatic death from a steep West Virginia cliff — only to be found hiding in her closet two days later — will spend an extra year behind bars, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Julie Wheeler, 44, was about to be sentenced for health care fraud last spring when she and her family came up with the elaborate hoax. Her husband and their teenage son both called 911 on May 31 and claimed the woman had fallen from an overlook in the New River Gorge in Raleigh County, prompting a massive search and rescue operation.

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