DOYLESTOWN, Pa. — A Pennsylvania judge has imposed a nine- to 23-month sentence on a woman in the theft of more than $80,000 from a bank she managed.

The Bucks County Courier Times ( ) reports that 40-year-old Christine Ann Bate of Lower Makefield pleaded guilty to theft and other charges in May.

Prosecutors say Bate stole $83,775 from a Wells Fargo branch in Tullytown between 2014 and 2016, falsifying reports and telling workers to ignore the shortages, and seven employees lost their jobs as a result.

Bate tearfully said Monday that she began taking money after her then-husband lost his job and she was ashamed to ask for help.

Bucks County Judge James McMaster said he would approve house arrest for Bate after 30 days of incarceration.

Information from: Bucks County Courier Times,

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