Philly-area thief gets 21 years house arrest

PHILADELPHIA - August 12, 2010

A defense lawyer for 40-year-old Lanette Sansoni says the victim was more interested in restitution than jail time.

Lawyer A. Charles Peruto Jr. says his client has repaid about $275,000 already and will stay on house arrest until the remaining $200,000 is paid.

The judge set a payment schedule of $750 a month. That works out to 21 years. But Peruto expects Sansoni to pay off the debt sooner.

She can leave home to work - but could go to jail if the payments stop.

Sansoni, a title clerk, worked for a small title company that went bust because of the theft.

Prosecutors argued for incarceration.

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