- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon psychologist who billed a religious organization for work never performed won’t have to serve time in federal prison.

U.S. District Court Judge Michael Mosman on Friday sentenced Carol Landesman, 73, to three years of probation that includes six months of home detention.

Landesman also agreed to pay back $113,770 and enter a mental health treatment program.

The false billing dated to 2004, when the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey, settled a lawsuit with a man who had been sexually abused by a priest as a child.

The diocese paid the victim and his wife nearly $300,000. The diocese also agreed to pay for the couple to undergo counseling with Landesman, who practiced in the Portland suburb of Gresham.

The psychologist treated the husband and collected more than $100,000 for that work. But the wife decided against therapy.

Nevertheless, Landesman sent numerous invoices to the Paterson Diocese, stating she had treated the wife and was due compensation.

Prosecutors said the deception lasted nearly six years.

Landesman pleaded guilty in July to mail fraud. Assistant U.S. Attorney Claire Fay recommended against prison time, asserting in a sentencing memo that Landesman cooperated with investigators, has health issues and no prior criminal record. She also relinquished her psychologist’s license, making her unlikely to reoffend.

Landesman declined to make a statement Friday. Her attorney, Whitney Boise, told the judge that his client was having difficulty speaking.

“She intends to atone for her mistakes by being of service to others as she goes on in life,” Boise said.

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