York woman gets prison time for stealing $80K from brother-in-law


A York woman who pleaded guilty to defrauding her brother-in-law of more than $83,000 and then using the money for shopping trips and vacations was sentenced on Tuesday to 30 months in prison, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's office.

Nancy Sipe, 47, of no listed address, was granted power of attorney for Marlin Sipe in February 2007, according to the indictment against her; she was supposed to pay the bills and renew subscriptions and insurance for her brother-in-law, according to the indictment

She was also tasked with keeping Marlin's credit cards active by "periodically buying lunch at McDonald's," according to the indictment.

But between August of 2008 and Febuary 2012, she used it for a bit more than that, stealing enough to buy 17,425 Big Macs — $83,467.78, which she has been ordered to repay as part of her guilty plea, according to the release.

Nancy Sipe used the money to take trips to places including Massachusetts and Ocean City, Md., and to shop at the likes of Victoria's Secret and Hollister, according to Dawn Mayko, a spokeswoman for the federal attorney's office.

Sipe pleaded guilty to the charge of wire fraud, but at her sentencing hearing claimed she'd only stolen $33,742.43, and had given more than $26,000 to the mother of the victim, according to the release. The judge said there was nothing to indicate that was the case, the release states.

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