Embezzler gets 21 years house arrest

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NORRISTOWN, Pa., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- A Philadelphia-area woman who admitted stealing almost half a million dollars from her employer has been sentenced to 21 years in the house.

Under the sentence imposed Wednesday, Lanette Sansoni, 40, can leave her Warminster home only to go to work or to look for a better paying job, The Delaware County Times reported. The sentence was requested by the owners of JRS Settlement Services Inc., which had to close down because of Sansoni's embezzlement.


The owners said they would rather have restitution than see Sansoni in prison. Montgomery County Judge Joseph Smyth based the length of the house arrest on how long it would take Sansoni, who has already returned about half the money, to repay the rest at $750 a month.

"If she fails to pay, I'll consider throwing her in jail. If she doesn't have a job, there's no reason she can't be in jail," Smyth said.

Sansoni's lawyer said she has a "managerial" job and should be able to make restitution ahead of schedule. If she does, Smyth suggested she might be freed from house arrest.

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