STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A former Stamford city employee accused of stealing nearly $350,000 in municipal money has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to larceny.

Fred Manfredonia of Branford, a 13-year city employee who oversaw employee benefits, faced two counts each of felony larceny and misdemeanor forgery for embezzling from the city for several years before his April arrest.

He received a 10-year sentence on Thursday, with five years suspended and five years of probation.

His lawyer tells the Stamford Advocate that restitution is part of his probation conditions and he plans to sell his home.

Prosecutors say the 60-year-old Manfredonia forged reimbursement checks for himself. He was fired after his arrest.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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