- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A northern New Jersey business owner has been spared a prison term for falsely claiming that her firm was owned by a service-disabled veteran.

Miriam Friedman instead will serve two years of probation with eight months of home confinement. She also must pay $100,000 in restitution.

The 54-year-old Teaneck resident owned Office Dimensions, which sold furniture and design services to government customers, among others. She lied about the firm’s ownership so she could get dozens of government contracts.

Federal prosecutors say Friedman claimed her father-in-law was the owner and operator of the business. He served in the military, but wasn’t classified as service-disabled and had little involvement with the business.

The Veterans Administration paid about $1.2 million to the company in contracts based on the false claims.

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