Scripps heir gets 9 years in $3.6M swindle case

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Scripps family heir convicted of stealing $3.6 million from his mother and a disabled uncle has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Legrome Davis rejected pleas for leniency Monday in imposing the maximum sentence on 36-year-old Michael Scripps, who was convicted of wire fraud in April.

Authorities said Scripps spent the money on cars, jewelry and women, including a stripper and porn star.

The Philadelphia Inquirer says the judge said he was baffled how Scripps could steal from his own family.

Scripps is heir to the fortune of James E. Scripps, who founded The Detroit News and built the Evening News Association. He has no ties to E.W. Scripps Co., which owns newspapers and television stations. E.W. Scripps was James Scripps’ half brother.

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