Former Michigan Supreme Court justice Diane Hathaway sentenced to prison for bank fraud

(WXYZ) - Former State Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway was sentenced to serve a year and one day in prison on charges of Bank Fraud.

Hathaway was also ordered to pay $90,000 in fines, which she agreed to pay today. She will not have to report to prison immediately.

Hathaway addressed the court, fighting back tears, before her sentence was delivered.

"Your Honor, I stand before you a broken person," Hathaway said. She said she had ashamed, humiliated and disgraced herself and asked for forgiveness.

Before her sentence was handed down, Hathaway's attorney argued that his client is a good person and would better serve the community out of prison.

Prosecutors agreed she that Hathaway had lived an otherwise crime free life, but stated: "We don't ask you to sentence Diane Hathaway based on who she is. We ask you to sentence Diane Hathaway based on what she did."

Prosecutors say Hathaway siphoned money from her retirement accounts to purchase properties that she hid in her stepchildren's names.

Hathaway hid more than one million from her bank that later forgave more than $664,000 in mortgage debt on her Grosse Pointe Park home.

Legal experts say Hathaway was sentenced to one year and a day because it automatically entitles her to have 15 percent shaved off her time behind bars for good behavior.

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