A Grove City, Ohio, woman was sentenced to six months in prison and eight months home confinement for lying to the U.S. Marshals Service about the whereabouts of her sister, Rebecca Parrett, a fugitive former executive of National Century Financial Enterprises.
Parrett's sister gets six-month sentence for lying to feds
Linda Case, 66, has been in federal custody since her arrest in February and will be credited for that time against her sentence. She pleaded guilty Feb. 26 to a single count of making false statements, but her plea agreement was sealed until July 8. Prosecutors indicate in a court document filed before sentencing that Case in the meantime has offered “substantial assistance” in the hunt for her sister.
Parrett was chief operating officer and vice chairman of NCFE, a collapsed healthcare finance company based in Dublin, Ohio. A jury convicted her in March 2008 for conspiracy, money laundering, and wire and securities fraud. She was ordered to submit to electronic monitoring while awaiting sentencing but disappeared, later receiving a 25-year prison sentence in absentia.
Case repeatedly told investigators that she had no knowledge of Parrett's whereabouts and suggested she most likely had fled to Nicaragua or Costa Rica but knew all along that Parrett was living in Mexico, prosecutors said. The sisters were allegedly corresponding with coded e-mails, which the Marshals Service began intercepting in mid-2009.
In a court filing asking for leniency, Case's lawyer argued that she e-mailed Parrett only to be able to offer solace to their ailing 86-year-old mother.
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