MISSOULA — A former Miss Montana USA who was convicted of defrauding her insurance company while her historic mansion was undergoing repairs was sentenced Thursday to five years on federal probation.
The Missoulian reports U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy also ordered Christin Didier to pay $213,000 in restitution.
Didier was convicted in March 2013 of conspiracy and seven counts of mail fraud. She reported she lived in a five-bedroom home with an in-ground pool at a cost of $15,000 a month while the repairs were made, when she was actually living in a small cabin. She collected nearly $123,000 in housing expenses.
Molloy overturned the conviction, saying the insurance company was obligated to reimburse Didier for comparable housing. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the convictions in November.
Didier was named Miss Montana USA in 1997.
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