In the brig

    A Pennsauken Township woman was sentenced Monday to 2 1/2 years in prison for conspiring to embezzle more than $400,000 from the Naval Inactive Ships Maintenance Office, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger in a press release.

    Serena Thomas-Erby, 53, pleaded guilty to the two counts in September.

    She and co-conspirator Marian Murphy, who is scheduled for sentencing later this month, created fraudulent travel and other expense documentation to be submitted for reimbursement to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service in Columbus, Ohio, between 2000 and 2007. Their fraud resulted in a loss to Naval Inactive Ships Maintenance Office and their employer, Global Associates of at least $431,181.

    In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge Stewart Dalzell ordered Thomas-Erby to pay restitution in the amount of $793,261.57 and complete three years of supervised release.

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