FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A former Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration worker was sentenced to six months in jail for conspiring to steal more than $87,000 from the agency’s Frederick office.

Joann Fleishell, 53, was convicted at a bench trial March 26. She was also ordered to pay restitution at Friday’s sentencing.

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Fleishell was the assistant manager of the office when she failed to record cash payments for 613 registration renewals from January 2007 to October 2008.

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Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler says an internal investigation uncovered the scheme. He says the conviction sends a message that stealing from taxpayers won’t be tolerated.

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