WATERTOWN, N.Y. – The stepfather of model Maggie Rizer (search) has been sentenced to up to four years in jail for allegedly stealing millions from her and other family members.
John R. Breen Jr. pleaded guilty last October to charges of grand larceny and scheming to defraud. He was sentenced Monday to between 16 months to four years in jail and was ordered to pay restitution.
According to Breen's statements in October, he stole money from Rizer while acting as her business manager and also forged his wife's name on numerous checks. He said he gambled away most of the money playing the state lottery at area bars.
Prosecutors have estimated he stole as much as $7 million. Breen was also ordered to repay more than $100,000 to local businesses for bad checks.
Rizer, 27, did not attend the sentencing, but she and other family members have written letters seeking leniency for Breen.