Houston woman gets three-year sentence for sheriff's office scam

A Houston woman drew a three-year federal prison sentence Wednesday for depositing four fraudulent checks totaling $242,000 from the Philadelphia sheriff’s office and sharing the money with others in the scam.

 U. S. District Judge Legrome Davis ordered the woman, Aarti Gupte, to report Dec. 16 to a federal prison to be designated by the U. S. Bureau of Prisons. She’ll also have to pay $242,186 in restitution and face three years of supervised probation after she gets out.

Gupte, convicted by a jury in August of wire fraud and conspiracy charges, was the eighth person found guilty of involvement in the scam.  It was devised by an accounting clerk in the sheriff’s office, Richard Bell, who supplemented his $42,000 salary by writing checks to third parties and splitting the proceeds with confederates.

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