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Woman who scammed elderly sentenced to nine years in jail

54-year-old Tanya Boutelle was convicted of taking welfare money from her elderly victims and people she conned into lending her money. (WGME)

PORTLAND (WGME) -- A woman who scammed at least a dozen people out of nearly $150,000 was sentenced Thursday.

54-year-old Tanya Boutelle was convicted of taking welfare money from her elderly victims and people she conned into lending her money.

Thursday a judge sentenced her to nine years in jail, with all but five years suspended. She is also ordered to pay more than $144,000 in restitution to her victims. One of them spoke in court Thursday.

Investigators say Boutelle created scenarios to borrow money from the victims.

They she also stole items from the victim's homes. The judge says it's not just about the money.

Boutelle cried during the sentencing, her lawyer claiming her actions were due to drug addiction.

Investigators say they believe there could be more victims out there.

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