Former lit agent Marcie Wright was released from county jail Monday after serving 160 days for stealing nearly $250,000 from her clients.
They included Marc Cherry, creator and executive producer of “Desperate Housewives,” and “Mickey Blue Eyes” writer Robert Kuhn.
Wright had been sentenced to a full year, but received early release under a program to relieve jails from overcrowding.
She will now serve three years’ probation. During that time, Wright is forbidden from holding a personal checking account and may not act in any fiduciary capacity. She must also undergo psychological treatment.
The Los Angeles district attorney’s office filed the criminal case against Wright at the end of 2002. Last May, Wright pleaded no contest to one of three counts of embezzlement.
So far, Wright has made restitution of $452,593.47, an amount that includes legal fees and interest. Of that, $302,830.47 came from the criminal case, with an additional $149,763 coming from a separate civil payment made to Kuhn.
If Wright had failed to make the payments, she would have faced the additional embezzlement counts and an additional three years in state prison.
Last October, Wright settled a civil suit filed by Kuhn and Cherry with an agreement to pay them additional damages of $134,027.27. That amount has yet to be repaid.
Wright was the owner and principal of boutique literary agency the Wright Concept. She was first arrested on Sept. 21, 2002.
Dean Fryer, a spokesman for the state Labor Commission, told Daily Variety that Wright’s talent agent license expired Sept. 9, 2002. He said no steps were taken at that point to renew the license because the state agency was aware of the criminal investigation.