- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

BALTIMORE (AP) - A western Maryland lawyer has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for bank fraud, conspiracy and making false statements about property deals in the Deep Creek Lake resort area.

Fifty-two-year-old Oakland attorney Angela Blythe was also ordered this week to forfeit about $696,000 and pay restitution of about $948,000.

Blythe, who was convicted in October after a nine-day trial, had faced a maximum of 120 years in prison.

Blythe was the settlement attorney for fraudulent transactions allegedly perpetrated by Samuel VanSickle in Maryland and West Virginia from 2001 to 2005.

VanSickle has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and bank fraud charges.

Another defendant, Louis Strosnider III of Oakland, pleaded guilty to related charges and is awaiting sentencing.

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