PORTLAND — A Topsham woman accused of embezzling her brother-in-law’s veterans benefits was sentenced in federal court today to six months in prison.

Marsha A. Jacobs, 64, was also sentenced to six months of home confinement and three years of supervised release. District Judge Nancy Torresen also ordered Jacobs to pay $92,817 in restitution.

Jacobs was appointed the fiduciary for her disabled brother-in-law and received approximately $242,000 in benefits intended for him between October 2003 and April 2010, according to court documents. Jacobs used some of that money for unauthorized purposes, including building an addition to a house.

In April 2010, Jacobs confessed to improperly using a substantial portion of the money.

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