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Monday, September 19, 2011

Prison sentence for Ala. woman convicted of embezzlement tailored to her new pregnancy

A federal judge has tailored a sentence for a woman convicted of embezzling who is newly pregnant and wants to avoid having her baby in jail.

The Mobile Press-Register reports ( ) that Danielle Krystan Winkler was sentenced to four months in federal prison but was ordered to begin serving immediately so she'll be out by the time she gives birth.

Winkler will be on five years' supervised release.

The 29-yearold pleaded guilty to bank fraud in April, admitting to stealing $135,000 through 164 withdrawals from customer accounts at America's First Federal Credit Union in Mobile. She also has to pay $5,000 to the credit union and $126,259 to the bank's insurance company.

Her attorney, Art Powell, said Winkler didn't spend the money "to enjoy some extravagant lifestyle." He said she also has a 14-month-old son.

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