- Associated Press - Friday, March 17, 2017

AUBURN, Maine (AP) - A Maine woman is headed to prison for defrauding a dozen victims out of more than $150,000.

Tanya Boutelle was sentenced Thursday to 12 years behind bars with all but five years suspended. She pleaded guilty to theft charges last week.

The 54-year-old Boutelle was also ordered to repay roughly $144,000 to her victims, most of whom were elderly.

Boutelle was indicted in September. Authorities say Boutelle established relationships with the victims and created scenarios for needing to borrow money from them, but never paid them back. She was also accused of stealing from the some of the victims’ homes.

State officials say the Androscoggin County woman also failed to report her income to the state and received more than $3,700 in welfare benefits she wasn’t entitled.

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