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Ex-UCLA Official Ordered to Begin Prison Sentence

The former director of student counseling at UCLA was ordered by a federal judge Monday to report to the Bureau of Prisons Jan. 31 to begin serving five months behind bars for stealing a valuable oil painting from the university and selling it to a New York art gallery for $200,000.

After her release, Jane Crawford, 50, will have to spend another five months under home detention wearing an electronic monitoring device.

Crawford, who is being treated for a kidney disorder and heart problems, collapsed unconscious immediately after hearing Judge Ronald S.W. Lew pronounce sentence on Nov. 8. Paramedics rushed her to County-USC Medical Center for tests.

The proceedings were continued until Monday when Crawford returned to court in a wheelchair. At the request of her lawyer, Martin S. Bakst, the judge modified his sentencing decree to permit Crawford to spend the second five months of her 10-month sentence at home, rather than in a halfway house, so that she can care for her father, a stroke victim.

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She was ordered to pay $41,280 restitution to New York’s Spanierman Gallery, which unwittingly bought the stolen painting, “Frost Flowers, Ipswich 1889,” by Arthur Wesley Dow.


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