NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – A former New Jersey beauty pageant winner has been sentenced to a year in jail for bouncing more than $70,000 in bad checks to purchase antique furniture.

Heather “Hedy” Di Carlo also was given five years’ probation Friday in state Superior Court in Newark.

Di Carlo won the Mrs. New Jersey crown in 2005.

She pleaded guilty in January to theft by deception and writing bad checks. Her attorney, Paul Bergrin, says she fell into debt after a divorce.

Bergrin says Di Carlo will probably serve about 60 days of her sentence.

The judge cited Di Carlo’s previous arrests for theft dating to 1999 and called her “a master of deception.”

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