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Actress in TV Scam Sentenced to 10 Days

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An actress convicted of lying to federal agents about an elaborate scheme involving a fake TV series about the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was sentenced to 10 days in federal prison for violating her probation.

Authorities said Alison Ann Heruth had failed to find regular employment, fell short of her required hours of community service and broke a pledge to pay $250 each month in court-ordered restitution.

Heruth, 41, pleaded guilty last summer to one felony count of making false statements to federal agents about the scam that fleeced investors of millions of dollars. She received five years' probation and was ordered to perform community service and pay restitution in exchange for the plea.

The victims believed they were investing in a government-backed television show about the Homeland Security Department.

Heruth said in interviews that she was to co-produce and star in "DHS: The Series."

The mastermind of the scheme, Hollywood producer Joseph Medawar, was sentenced last month to a year in prison. He pleaded guilty in May to tax evasion and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

Prosecutors said Medawar spent most of the investor funds on cars, housing, child care, jewelry and expensive meals for himself and his associates.


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