Illinois woman sentenced to 17 years for fraud - KMOV.com

Illinois woman sentenced to 17 years for fraud

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- A southern Illinois insurance agent and securities broker has been sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty last year to an investment scheme that swindled roughly $6 million from clients.

Victoria McGee-Harris of Swansea declined to make a statement during her 6 1/2 -hour sentencing hearing Friday.

She pleaded guilty in March to one count each of mail fraud and engaging in a monetary transaction with property derived from illegal activity.

She admitted using client money from Metro East Insurance Group for personal use, including travel and operation of a chain of clothing stores in Missouri.

Authorities say McGee-Harris was doing business as a licensed insurance agent and securities broker between 2003 and 2010 when she got clients to buy investment and insurance products she never purchased.

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