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DELAWARE, OH Thirty-year-old Melanie Chen, of Columbus, also was ordered to pay more than $792,000 in restitution to the 13 victims, plus court costs.

In August, the mother of six pleaded guilty to one count of theft. In exchange for her plea, a charge of receiving stolen property was dismissed.

Chen was sentenced Tuesday. She could have received up to 10 years in prison.

Her husband, 38-year-old Phylip Chen, also is charged in the case, but prosecutors have agreed to drop his charges if he passes a lie-detector test.

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