A Lafayette man was sentenced to nearly five years in prison for stealing almost $1.5 million from his disabled sister.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said 37-year-old Kevin Ralph Andrus was sentenced for wire fraud after stealing $1,449,999.37 from his sister after she was incapacitated in an auto accident.

According to the guilty plea, Andrus was appointed the curator for his sister's estate when she was unable to manage her own affairs. He stole the almost $1.5 million in settlement funds that his sister received from a lawsuit related to the automobile accident.

After she partially recovered from her injuries she discovered Andrus had transferred the funds into his own bank account and squandered the sum despite having taken an oath to spend the money on approved expenses for the benefit of his sister.

The U.S> Secret Service conducted the investigation.