- Associated Press - Friday, March 7, 2014

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - An Orange County woman who bilked a group of nuns out of $285,000 has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison.

Fifty-nine-year-old Linda Rose Gagnon of Irvine was sentenced Friday for wire fraud and was ordered to pay restitution.

Prosecutors say Gagnon defrauded an order called the Religious of Jesus and Mary out of funds that were intended to care for elderly and infirm nuns.

Authorities say Gagnon pretended to be a financial expert and offered to help the order buy a San Diego home for use by retired sisters. Instead, she used the money to prop up her real estate company and for personal expenses - including lingerie, manicures and pet-sitting services for her dog.

Authorities she burned through the entire amount in just 64 days.


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