Former bookkeeper gets prison for $177,000 theft

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The former bookkeeper of a Franklin, VA, nonprofit retirement community has been sentenced to 28 months in prison and ordered to pay $176,780 in restitution for stealing cash and buying personal items using the community's credit cards.

Marian Lewis, of Courtland, VA, was sentenced Feb. 9 after pleading guilty to five counts of mail fraud Nov. 12 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk.

According to evidence presented and court documents, over the course of at least four years, she used credit cards from The Village at Woods Edge to purchase a TV, computer, digital cameras and tools for her personal use. She also used the credit cards, along with more than $130,000 in cash that she stole from the retirement community, to remodel her kitchen and build a deck around the pool at her home.

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