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By Brad Segall

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — The former assistant manager at a Montgomery County condominium complex has been sentenced to at least nine months in prison for stealing from the association (Read related story).

Judge William Furber told 55-year-old Patricia Paugh there was no question that what she did was horrible, betraying the residents of the Plymouth Hill Condos, the very same people she lived with. But after learning about how she cooperated with police to bring down the ringleader in the theft ring, he went below the guidelines and sentenced Paugh to nine to 23 months.

“I do believe that she is remorseful,” Prosecutor Sophia Polites said, “but then again it was not until the authorities confronted her about this crime that she admitted to the crime and then began her cooperation.”

Paugh, who pleaded guilty to theft and conspiracy, will have to repay the $30,000 she stole. It was hush money that former manager Vincent Lopez paid her to keep quiet about the thefts. He’s already behind bars for stealing more than half-million dollars.

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