- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) - A former judicial assistant in central Florida has been sentenced to 300 days in jail for falsifying time cards and fabricating a story that a bailiff threatened her.

In a Polk County courtroom Wednesday, an Orlando circuit judge sentenced 34-year-old Alisha Marie Rupp. She must also pay $4,879 in restitution. The Ledger (http://goo.gl/0ENkp9 ) reports that Rupp pleaded no contest Friday to grand theft and making a false report of a crime.

Rupp’s former boss, Circuit Judge Beth Harlan, had been charged with approving the false time sheets, but prosecutors dropped the charges last week after the 55-year-old judge agreed to retire.

Harlan and Rupp were arrested last year following an investigation by the State Attorney’s Office. They say Harlan approved time sheets so Rupp would get paid for time she didn’t work.

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Information from: The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.), http://www.theledger.com

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