Updated: 4:03 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2012 | Posted: 11:14 a.m. Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Woman gets 78 months in prison for Wexford car dealer scam
PITTSBURGH (AP) —
A woman was sentenced Wednesday to 78 months in prison for a multi-million dollar car dealership scam.
Prosecutors said 58-year-old Patricia Smith victimized the Wexford Baierl Acura dealer for no other reason than greed.
Smith stole $10.3 million from the dealership over a six-year span, financing private charter flights, Super Bowl tickets and a six-person lunch prepared by Food Network star Ina Garten. Smith's salary at the time was about $53,000.
Judge Gustave Diamond said some of Smith's conduct was "mind boggling."
Prosecutors praised the lengthy sentence and say Smith must also pay $10.3 million in restitution.
Smith's attorney claimed she should get no more than four years in prison because of her cooperation, but authorities said she only stopped the scam after another employee started asking questions.