updated 8/23/2005 11:17:09 AM ET 2005-08-23T15:17:09

A former Andersen Consulting employee who claimed a “shopaholic defense” in stealing from the company is getting five years probation.

Elizabeth Roach says chronic depression led to wild shopping sprees that she financed with money she stole from work. She was accused of taking $250,000 from Andersen Consulting.

In 2001, she was placed on probation. But prosecutors challenged that sentence and an appeals court ordered her to serve at least a year in prison.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the guidelines used at that second sentencing weren’t mandatory, so the judge could once again give her probation.

Roach has also been ordered to serve three months of work release, followed by nine months of home confinement.

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