SANTA ANA ( — A 59-year-old woman found guilty of defrauding a group of Roman Catholic Sisters was sentenced Friday.

Linda Rose Gagnon of Irvine is expected to spend 37 months behind bars for misappropriating $285,000 from the U.S. Province of the Religious of Jesus & Mary group, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said in a written statement.

Last November, Gagnon was found guilty of three counts of wire fraud after burning through the money, which was intended to fund a retirement home for the nuns.

The DOJ says Gagnon spent the funds in just over two months on personal expenses, such as, travel, groceries, manicures, and valet pet-sitting services.

Gagnon is expected to begin her sentence on June 13, according to the statement. She is also expected to pay at least $285,000 in restitution to the nuns.


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