Ex-Mass Mutual employee sentenced for fraud

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– An East Windsor woman was sentenced to more than four years behind bars Wednesday for engaging in a fraud and identity theft scheme.

Theresa Sutherland, 34, was sentenced to 51 months of imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release. In November 2013, she pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.

Sutherland, a former claims examiner at Mass Mutual Financial Group, defrauded the company by filing fraudulent claims for tuition reimbursement and adoption expenses, according to court documents and statements. She submitted birth certificates and Social Security numbers for children who were not hers. Mass Mutual offers full-time employees $8,500 in tuition reimbursement and $5,000 for expenses associated with adopting a child.

The judge also ordered Sutherland pay $400,000 in restitution.

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