Grandma in theft case invoking problem gambler diversion law

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A Las Vegas grandmother who went to prison for stealing more than $500,000 from the plumbing business where she kept the books is invoking a little-used state law to seek placement in a court diversion and restitution program.

Jerry Nann Meador appeared Wednesday in Clark County District Court for a brief hearing at which her lawyer and a prosecutor said they’re working on a deal to let her serve her sentence on house arrest so she can get treatment for gambling addiction.

A judge last month threw out the 53-year-old Meador’s conviction and 4-to-10 year prison sentence, but prosecutors are appealing to the Nevada Supreme Court.

A Nevada law passed in 2009 allows judges to sentence nonviolent problem gamblers with a diagnosed disorder to treatment instead of prison.

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