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Saks Fifth Avenue has won in court against a former saleswoman. Photo: Getty Images

Cecille Villacorta, a 52-year-old former salesperson for Saks Fifth Avenue's fine jewelry department, has been convicted of third-degree grand larceny and falsifying business records.

She was sentenced to 90 days in jail and a $96,000 fine, reports WWD. She's also been given five years probation and 100 hours of community service.

Villacorta was consistently ranked among top earners, and through the falsified business records, improperly received $48,500 in commissions. She was acquitted of handing out $1.4 million in discounts. Wow!

Villacorta, who was fired in 2006 after the retailer implemented cost cuts in 2005, has filed a civil lawsuit against Saks for malicious prosecution. A Phillipines native, Villacorta faces deportation after serving her sentence.

According to defense attorney Joseph Tacopina, Villacorta was not the only Saks employee using these practices, and in fact, the company authorized those practices. He said that another employee was willing to testify to that effect, but was threatened with prosecution by the district attorney's office if she did.