TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a southern New Jersey woman who stole more than $500,000 while working as a bookkeeper at a law firm is now headed to prison.

Fifty-three-year-old Sharon Wetter of Lacey received a 21-month sentence on Friday. She also must serve three years of supervised release once she’s freed and was ordered to pay $521,596 in restitution.

Wetter had pleaded guilty to a complaint charging her with mail fraud.

Prosecutors say Wetter stole the funds between 2004 and October 2010. She wrote checks from the firm’s bank accounts to pay her personal expenses, such as credit card bills and car payments.

Wetter hid the payments by altering the firm’s electronic books and records to make it appear that the checks were for legitimate business expenses.

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