- Associated Press - Thursday, January 19, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A judge says a woman accused of embezzling more than $2.8 million from a Williston heavy equipment company must serve nearly three years in federal prison.

Forty-four-year-old Daphney Harstad pleaded guilty in the fall to wire fraud for allegedly dipping into funds while working as an office manager and bookkeeper for Borsheim Crane.

Authorities say Harstad used the money to buy luxury jewelry and other merchandise from companies, including Louis Vuitton, Tiffany and Co. and Michael Kors. She’s accused of using fraudulent checks from the company to pay for merchandise she ordered online.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland sentenced Harstad to 33 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release.

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