MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – A former chief financial officer of Scott Rothstein’s law firm was given the maximum sentence Friday for her role in the $1.2 billion fraud.

Irene Shannon, the former CFO of convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein’s law firm, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro to five years in prison.

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Shannon, who pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge, oversaw much of the accounting and banking at the now-defunct Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler law firm and was well aware of the Ponzi scheme, according to court documents.

Prosecutors say Shannon, 50, was involved in money laundering and a check-kiting scheme to keep the scam afloat.

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Rothstein is serving a 50-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to orchestrating the scam, which involved investments in fake legal settlements. More than 20 people have been convicted in the case.

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