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A former West Virginia attorney recently was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for fraudulently submitting vouchers to the West Virginia Public Defender Services.

Lisa Weese served as a panel attorney for Barbour, Randolph, Tucker and Taylor counties. She pleaded guilty to mail fraud in November 2012.

Federal prosecutors say Weese submitted 682 fraudulent vouchers within a five-year period to the West Virginia Public Defender Services.

In these vouchers, Weese said she worked more than 24 hours on each of the 48 days and more than 16 hours on an additional 168 days.

Court documents state Weese was paid $159,130.08 for work she did not do. U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey determine the amount of restitution at a later date and issue a separate order, officials with the U.S. Attorney's office said.

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