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Westfield Woman Avoids Prison in Embezzlement Case

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A woman who embezzled more than $100,000 from Westfield while working in the city collector’s office has avoided prison time.

Susan Duffy was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Springfield to three years of probation, including a year of house arrest. She was also ordered to repay the money.

Prosecutors say she stole $110,000 from 2008 until 2011.

The 49-year-old Duffy pleaded guilty last year to embezzlement and false income tax reporting charges. She had faced up to 18 months in prison.

The judge said while her actions were a “betrayal” to the city, he understood that she was undergoing a difficult period in her life.

Duffy’s lawyer said his client was struggling with the death of her mother, a divorce and a child’s health problems. Duffy apologized in court.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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