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Last Updated: Wednesday, 10 May 2006, 23:26 GMT 00:26 UK
Jail term for Italy TV saleswoman
Lipstick (bbc file)
Marchi claimed her beauty products had miraculous properties
An Italian woman famed for selling "miraculous" cosmetics and trinkets on TV has received a 10-year jail for making false claims about her products.

A Milan court ordered Vanna Marchi to repay 2.2m euros ($2.8m) to those she had defrauded.

Her boyfriend and daughter, who received sentences of 10 years and four years respectively, were also ordered to share the costs of the repayment.

Marchi made her name selling "miracle" cosmetics and "lucky" lottery numbers.

A lawyer for Marchi and Stefania Nobile, her daughter, told Italian news agencies the sentences were too severe and would be appealed against.

Marchi and Nobile have already been convicted of fraud in a separate case and sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison.

Marchi's distinctive red hair and loud manner made her a famous figure on Italian TV.

She stopped selling cosmetics with apparently miraculous properties in the early 1990s and was investigated for fraudulently declaring bankruptcy.

She later reappeared on Italian TV screens offering viewers the chance to buy "lucky" numbers for lottery games.

Investigators estimate Marchi earned 33m euros ($42.2m) between 1996 and 2001 from the sale of the numbers.




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