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A Silver Spring woman accused of scheming to defraud her employers of more than $855,000 was sentenced to more than three years in federal prison on Tuesday.

Rebecca Jelfo, 47, pleaded guilty in September to the wire fraud charge, which stems from accusations that she used her position with two different companies to submit fraudulent invoices.

According to the press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office, Jelfo worked at an airline between 2008 and 2015 and a “global hospitality company” from 2016 to 2018. Both companies, which were not identified by name, contracted with vendors.

According to Jelfo’s plea agreement, she submitted “false and inflated” invoices to each company. When the companies paid their vendors, she instructed the vendors to remit payments that would cover her personal debts.

Jelfo’s prison sentence is 41 months and will be followed by three years of supervised release from prison, the press release stated. Jelfo must also pay back the more than $855,000 in restitution.

Dan Schere can be reached at Daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com

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