Westfield woman avoids prison in embezzlement case
SPRINGFIELD (ap) — A woman who embezzled more than $100,000 from Westfield while working in the city collector’s office has avoided prison time.
Susan Duffy was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Springfield to three years of probation, including a year of house arrest. She was also ordered to repay the money.
Prosecutors say she stole $110,000 from 2008 until 2011.
The 49-year-old Duffy pleaded guilty last year to embezzlement and false income tax reporting charges. She had faced up to 18 months in prison.
The judge said while her actions were a “betrayal” to the city, he understood that she was undergoing a difficult period in her life.
Duffy’s lawyer said his client was struggling with the death of her mother, a divorce and a child’s health problems. Duffy apologized in court.