BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont couple police say stole $1.6 million in loans through bank fraud have been sentenced to prison.
The Bennington Banner reports Alison Gu was sentenced Thursday in federal court to a year in prison. Matthew Abel was sentenced to six months. They were also ordered to pay restitution.
Gu was found guilty in November 2017 of multiple charges, including bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Abel pleaded guilty to felony bank fraud last year.
Prosecutors say the pair stole money from several banks by using fake mortgage loan applications. Investigators say they bought homes in Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Florida and Texas.
Prosecutors say Gu used multiple aliases, including the identity of a girl killed in a 1989 school shooting in California.
Defense attorneys did not return calls seeking comment.
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