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MACON, Ga. -- U.S. Attorney's officials say a woman has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison on charges of health care fraud, embezzlement and money laundering.

Prosecutors say 46-year-old Christine Rahl of Social Circle appeared in federal court in Macon for her sentencing on Wednesday.

Officials say while Rahl was employed with Marmalade Health, which operates a hospice in Social Circle, she was in charge of payroll. Prosecutors say Rahl gave herself unauthorized raises and was reimbursed for fraudulent expense reports over the course of more than five years.

Officials say Rahl pleaded guilty in early May and is ordered to spend 57 months in prison. U.S. Attorney's officials say Rahl is also ordered to serve three years of supervised release and pay more than $1.5 million in restitution.

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