- Associated Press - Saturday, October 15, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - A federal prosecutor says a former supervisor with the New York City Human Resources Administration has been sentenced to 23 months in prison for defrauding two public assistance programs of more than $1.8 million.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says in a news release that 45-year-old Cherrise Watson-Jackson, of Queens, was sentenced Friday in Manhattan federal court. The judge also sentenced her to three years’ supervised release and ordered her to pay restitution of more than $1.8 million.

Watson-Jackson pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Bharara said she “looted the very public assistance programs that she was responsible to administer.”

Watson-Jackson was among 12 people arrested in December in the public corruption case. All but three have pleaded guilty.

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