An actress convicted of lying to federal agents about an investment scam involving a bogus television series on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was sentenced to 10 days in federal prison Wednesday for violating probation.
Alison Ann Heruth, 41, broke into tears when U.S. District Judge Manuel L. Real imposed the sentence after authorities toldhow 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.
Last summer, Heruth was sentenced to five years' probation and 2,500 hours of community service, and ordered to pay $3.4 million in restitution, after admitting that she lied to federal agents about her role in a scam to bilk dozens of people out of millions of dollars.
The victims believed they were investing in a television show about the Homeland Security Department, only to discover that their money went to finance a lavish lifestyle for Heruth and the mastermind of the fraud, producer Joseph Medawar. Heruth supposedly was to star in the show.