- Associated Press - Friday, November 4, 2016

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A federal prosecutor says a Lafayette man has been sentenced to four years and eight months in prison for stealing more than a million dollars from his sister’s insurance settlement.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley says in a Thursday news release that 37-year-old Kevin Ralph Andrus pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in March.

He was sentenced Monday and will have to pay nearly $1.5 million in restitution.

Finley’s release says Andrus had been placed in charge of his sister’s estate after she was incapacitated in an automobile accident. As she recovered, the sister discovered that Andrus had transferred settlement funds to his personal and business accounts.

Finley said Andrus violated an oath to spend the money only on approved expenses benefiting his sister.

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