LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a 42-year-old Franklin woman has been sentenced to 24 months in prison for stealing more than $61,500 from the company where she worked.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley said in a news release Michelle Leann Berry-Ortemond was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi on one count of wire fraud. She was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay just over $55,000 restitution.

According to the May 25 guilty plea, Berry-Ortemond stole over $61,000 from a Lafayette construction company from February 2010 to April 2011 where she was employed.

Finley says Ortemond forged and cashed forged checks, initiated wire transfers and accessed a line of credit in the corporation's name without consent.


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