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Woman Gets Prison For Senior Program Thefts
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on July 02, 2013 @ 6:29PM
Created on July 02, 2013 @ 2:10PM
ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) - An employee of a program that cares for West Virginia's senior citizens will spend five months in prison and five months in home detention for embezzling more than $85,000.
 
The U.S. Attorney's Office announced the recent sentencing of 45-year-old Belington resident Janel Phillips on Tuesday.
 
Phillips was a regional manager for the Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, administered by Legal Aid of West Virginia.
 
The program was created under federal law to improve the quality of life and level of care for seniors and disabled people housed in long-term care facilities.
 
Prosecutors said Phillips stole funds intended for wages and travel reimbursement between January 2007 and May 2010.
 
She pleaded guilty in March to federal program fraud.
 
U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey also ordered Phillips to repay Legal Aid.

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