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. (Published Monday, Dec 3, 2012)

    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.

    Councilwoman Abused Position: U.S. Attorney

    [DGO] Councilwoman Abused Position: U.S. Attorney
    The U.S. Attorney's Office says former El Cajon Councilwoman Jillian Hanson-Cox abused her position at Century Design Incorporated. (Published Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012)

    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

    [DGO] Former El Cajon City Leader in Court
    A former El Cajon city councilwoman Jillian Hanson-Cox will appear in district court today. NBC 7's Jason Austell reports. (Published Friday, Sep 14, 2012)

    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

    [DGO] El Cajon Councilwoman Resigns
    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. (Published Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012)

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

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