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Former CFO gets 20-year sentence in guardianship fraud case

March 4, 2020 GMT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The former chief financial officer of a now-defunct nonprofit that provided guardianship services is going to prison in an $11 million fraud scheme case in which one co--defendant awaits sentencing and two others are now fugitives on the run.

A federal judge sentenced 64-year-old Sharon Moore to 20 years in prison on Monday and also issued arrest warrants for 73-year-old Susan Harris and 58-year-old William Harris after the Albuquerque married couple failed to appear for sentencing.

Susan Harris faced at least 30 years in prison while William Harris faced seven years. They pleaded guilty last year.

The couple had been free pending sentencing after surrendering their U.S. passports and putting up their home in an affluent Albuquerque neighborhood as security.

Their son, Craig M. Young, awaits sentencing after pleading guilty November 12, 2019.

.Moore pleaded guilty July 9 to conspiracy and financial crimes.

Federal prosecutors say the defendants used client trust, savings and other funds to finance a lavish personal lifestyle that included luxury vacations, and upscale homes and vehicles.