Two Connecticut women have been sentenced to prison for running a pyramid scheme that authorities say involved millions of dollars and more than 1,000 other women.
Guilford residents Donna Bello and Jill Platt were sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Hartford. A jury convicted them in February of fraud, conspiracy and tax crimes.
Bello was sentenced to 6 years in prison and Platt got 4 1/2 years behind bars.
Prosecutors had called for significant prison time for both women, but their lawyers said they should receive lenient sentences because they believed they weren't breaking the law.
Authorities say the scheme involved women joining "gifting table" clubs for $5,000, then receiving $40,000 by recruiting eight new members who paid $5,000 apiece. Authorities say victims of the scheme lost more than $2 million.
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