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Paris Hilton appears in court for hacker’s sentencing

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    Paris Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., on April 8. Hilton made an appearance in federal court to watch the sentencing of a woman who authorities say hacked her accounts to get bank and credit card information that she used to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars.

LOS ANGELES >> Paris Hilton made an appearance in federal court for the sentencing of a hacker who authorities say used her bank and credit card information to run up huge bills.

Paystar Bkhchadzhyan was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison today and was ordered to pay more than $318,000 in restitution to Hilton’s banks and credit card companies. In a deal with prosecutors, she pleaded guilty in November to conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

In an unusual move in such cases, the 37-year-old heiress showed up at the downtown Los Angeles courthouse in a business suit and sunglasses to give a victim impact statement.

Authorities said in charging documents that the defendant also stole nude photos of Hilton, but the pictures were not part of the plea.

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