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Socialite Given 3-9 Years for Stealing

April 14, 2006

NEW YORK (AP) _ A socialite who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $2 million from her boss, a business associate of Revlon cosmetics mogul Ron Perelman, was sentenced Thursday to three to nine years in prison.

Catesby Kilmer pleaded guilty Oct. 3, 2005, to grand larceny, admitting she stole millions of dollars from Howard Gittis, vice chairman of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc., during the 10 years she was his personal assistant. Perelman is chairman of the holding company.

The sentence imposed by state Supreme Court Justice Daniel P. FitzGerald means Kilmer must serve at least three years before she is eligible for parole. The judge also ordered her to make restitution of $2.25 million.

Her lawyer, Judd Burstein, said she’s already turned over to authorities everything she owns.

``This includes her house in Southampton, her art, antiques and jewelry,″ he said, adding the monetary worth of her assets wasn’t known.

Prosecutors said Kilmer, 45, stole Gittis’ money mainly by writing checks to herself and to pay her credit card bills. Her scheme crumbled in late 2003, when a credit card company called Gittis with questions about his account.

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