KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- High-rolling embezzler Leslie Janous broke down in tears as she stood before federal Judge Leon Jordan. The million dollar embezzler will spend nine years in federal prison.
"I think that's appropriate," said Wanda Abbott.
Janous pleaded guilty in February to stealing $4-million dollars from her ex-bosses at Scancarbon company. A later FBI investigation revealed the actual take was $6.6-million dollars stolen over six years. She used the money to shower her lover and child with expensive jewelry and cars.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Dale wanted the judge to throw the book at Janous, but said he's satisfied.
"This is a fair sentence. It's certainly consistent with guidelines for a crime of this nature," said Dale.
The judge told Janous before sentencing he'd never seen theft as "egregious as this in 50 years" in court. "That certainly is a significant thing for a judge to say," Dale said.
Janous fought back tears while apologizing to owners of Scancarbon present in court. She told them she has a "deep sense of sorrow and regret" about her crimes.
While Janous heads off to prison her legal troubles are far from over. She now faces a multi-million dollar lawsuit by the company she's convicted of stealing from.
Prosecutors plan to seize most of Janous' property, including three houses, two luxury cars, two watercraft vehicles, and designer jewelry and clothing, all paid for with embezzled funds.