- Associated Press - Friday, August 8, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a woman has been sentenced to more than a year in prison for fraudulently obtaining federal grants that were meant to help fight substance abuse.

Authorities say 62-year-old Jessica Regas of Cumming obtained more than $600,000 in federal grants meant to fight juvenile substance abuse but instead used the money to pay personal expenses.

Prosecutors say Regas submitted false statements in her grant applications and continued applying for federal assistance after the business she was applying on behalf of ceased to exist.

She was ordered to serve a year and nine months in prison, three years of supervised release and is also ordered to pay $600,000 in restitution.

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