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A former employee of Norwood and Associates charged with stealing from the lobbying firm has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Bee colleague Cathy Locke reports:

Linda Marie Wells, 50, was sentenced Wednesday by Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Gary Ransom.

Wells was employed as an office manager by Norwood and Associates, a lobbying firm. From 2004 through August 2010, she increased her salary by more than $95,000, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

Officials said Wells used the company credit to make nearly $40,000 in personal charges, and transferred close to $75,000 from Norwood and Associates bank accounts into her own account and to a friend's account. Wells took a total of $219,771.

Wells had pleaded no contest to grand theft charges.

The Sacramento-based firm represents Comcast Cable and many large insurance companies and groups, including Liberty Mutual Insurance Group and Pacific Life Insurance Co.

Read the full post at Bee crime blog Sacto 9-1-1.


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