A former U.S. Marshals Service employee who created a fake person on the agency's payroll in a scheme that netted more than $100,000 has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison.
The former employee, Sno Rush, was ordered to pay back $104,000, according to the Justice Department. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly also ordered Rush to serve three years of supervised release after she gets out of prison.
Rush, 40, pleaded guilty in October in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to one count of theft of government property. A former marshals service administrative officer in D.C. Superior Court from 1998 to 2008, Rush was responsible for authorizing payment for marshals service employees.
Prosecutors, led by Eric Olshan of the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section, said Rush admitted to creating a fake employee and submitting attendance records.
Rush, according to prosecutors, also acknowledged issuing more than $50,000 in Treasury checks to pay down the balance on a personal credit card. Justice officials said Rush tried to make the payments appear legitimate through fraudulent business invoices.
Rush’s attorney, Washington solo practitioner Kenneth Robinson, was not immediately reached for comment this afternoon.