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'Runaway bride' on the rebound

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Jennifer Wilbanks made news last year when she disappeared days before her scheduled wedding.

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ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- The Georgia woman known as the "runaway bride" is unattached again.

Jennifer Wilbanks has broken up with the man she was to marry once before she had a famous 11th-hour change of mind.

Wilbanks, 33, said she recently split with fiance John Mason and she has a new job as a receptionist in an Atlanta medical office.

The couple had been scheduled to marry April 30, 2005, and had planned a lavish wedding with 600 guests and 28 attendants.

On April 26, Wilbanks failed to return to the home she shared with Mason in Duluth, an Atlanta suburb, after telling him she was going for an evening jog.

On what was to have been her wedding day, Wilbanks called her fiance from a convenience store in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Duluth Police Chief Randy Belcher got on the line.

In the call, Wilbanks reportedly said a Hispanic man and white woman had abducted her and driven her to the store. Wilbanks initially told police and FBI agents she had been sexually assaulted before being released, according to the Albuquerque police report.

When an FBI agent told her that her story did not seem credible, "Jennifer admitted she had lied about the kidnapping and the sexual assault," the report said. "She had left Georgia because of the pressures of her wedding. The list of things she needed to get done and no time to do it made her feel overwhelmed."

Wilbanks later told officers that before going jogging she had called a taxi to take her to a Greyhound bus terminal in Atlanta. She traveled by bus to Las Vegas, Nevada, and then Albuquerque, she said.

A Gwinnett County, Georgia, judge sentenced her to two years of probation and 120 hours of community service, and ordered that she continue mental health treatment. She was also ordered to pay the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department $2,500 in restitution.

The arrangement was a plea deal in which a misdemeanor charge of making a false police report was dismissed.

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