'Party Mom' waives extradition in Arizona

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Knoxville woman has waived extradition in Arizona on charges of stealing millions of dollars and living lavishly as a result.

According to The Associated Press, 36-year-old Leslie Janous made her first court appearance Monday in Arizona since being arrested last week.

She pleaded guilty in February to wire fraud and money laundering, but fled before being sentenced. The FBI has said Janous stole upward of $6 million as a bookkeeper for a precious metals brokerage company.

In 2006, she gave her daughter an extravagant "Sweet 16" birthday gala that she tried to get MTV to air.

She disappeared in mid-April and has since been featured on the "American's Most Wanted" website.

Janous likely now will be transferred back to East Tennessee.


(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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