By Brad Segall

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Three men were sentenced in Montgomery County for their roles in a home care fraud scam that victimized dozens of senior citizens in several states.

If not for their cooperation with the government investigation the judge indicated that these three could have gone to state prison for a long time. Bruce Cherry and Thomas Muldoon were sentenced to 23 to 46 months followed by eight years probation and Robert Lerner was handed 11-and-a-half to 23 months and eight years probation. Senior Deputy Attorney General Eric Schoenberg calls their cooperation with authorities dramatic.

“From the very beginning all three of them acknowledged their guilt, agreed to cooperate, waived their preliminary hearing, met with me countless times to discuss the facts, discuss the evidence,” Schoenberg said.

Last month the ringleader Ross Rabelow was convicted of ripping off more than 200 seniors by selling them home care and home security products and failing to provide the services. The total is more than $800,000. He’ll be sentenced in early June.

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