Ex-Sony VP goes to prison

Studnicka sentenced on grand theft, tax evasion

Former Sony Pictures VP of music publishing Georgette Sue Studnicka has been sentenced to five years in state prison for stealing nearly half a million dollars from the company.

Judge Larry Fidler sentenced Studnicka, 62, on Monday and ordered her to pay $453,830 in restitution. She was found guilty last year of one count of grand theft and four counts of state income tax evasion.

Fiddler sentenced co-defendant Linda Sue Brooks, 56, to a 40-month prison term and ordered her to pay the same amount in restitution. She was convicted of a single count of grand theft.

Prosecutors said Studnicka authorized illegal payments to Brooks between 1991 and 1999 and divided the diverted money with her.

Studnicka’s job included overseeing the outside sale and lease of music used in original Sony features, while Brooks was doing business as Music Data Services to provide orchestration for musical suites used in the Sony films.

Studnicka was discharged in 1999.

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