Former El Cajon City Leader to Serve Less Time: Report

Jillian Hanson-Cox spent millions on trips, gifts, clothes and spa visits

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    A file image of Jillian Hanson-Cox.

    A former El Cajon city leader, imprisoned for embezzling millions from a former employer, will get out of prison early according to a published report.

    Former City Councilmember Jill Hanson-Cox admitted she stole $3.5 million from 2004 to 2008 when she worked as a controller for Century Design Inc. in Kearny Mesa. She spent the money on expensive clothing, airline tickets, spa treatments and Christmas gifts.

    Prison for Former El Cajon Leader

    [DGO] Prison for Former El Cajon Leader
    Supporters and victims of a former El Cajon city council member, who embezzled millions from her employer, filled a federal courtroom Monday before a judge sentenced her to prison.

    In December, Federal Court Judge Michael Anello sentenced Hanson-Cox to 30 months in a federal prison. She faced a maximum of more than 20 years in prison, and a $7 million fine.

    Now the San Diego Union Tribune reports that authorities gave Hanson-Cox credit for good behavior and completing a drug program at the minimum-security camp in Arizona where she's been held.

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    The U.S. Attorney's Office says former El Cajon Councilwoman Jillian Hanson-Cox abused her position at Century Design Incorporated.

    Her new release date will be Sept. 17, 2014 according to the newspaper's report.

    Hanson-Cox's attorney Charles Sevilla clarified the information saying his client may be released in the spring of next year.

    Former El Cajon City Leader in Court

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    A former El Cajon city councilwoman Jillian Hanson-Cox will appear in district court today. NBC 7's Jason Austell reports.

    While his client is not getting out early for good behavior, she is eligible to partake in a program for early release, Sevilla said.

    Once she's released from prison, Hanson-Cox will likely be released to a halfway house according to her attorney.

    El Cajon Councilwoman Resigns

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    Political consultant John Hoy tells NBC 7 that he was surprised to hear when El Cajon Councilwoman Jillian Hanson-Cox retired a few days after her home was searched by agents. Mari Payton reports.

    Hanson-Cox was a two-term city councilmember and was serving as El Cajon's deputy mayor at the time.

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