Ex-NYC medical examiner worker sentenced

October 25, 2008 3:24:30 PM PDT
A former New York City medical examiner's worker has been sentenced to federal prison for helping embezzle millions of dollars intended to help identify victims of the World Trade Center attacks.Rosa Abreu was sentenced Friday to 70 months in prison for her role in a scheme to steal federal money provided to the city to help identify Sept. 11 victims.

The 41-year-old Abreu was the director of records at the medical examiner's office and supported computer systems used to track and identify forensic evidence, including the DNA of Sept. 11 victims.

She pleaded guilty last fall embezzlement, money laundering and conspiracy charges. Abreu admitted setting up shell companies to launder about $13 million in computer service contracts for the medical examiner's office.

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