Charlton Heston


As the ancient Egyptians found out the hard way, you don't cross Moses and get away with it.

The sea may not have opened up, but a former employee of a Los Angeles business management firm was sentenced Friday to five years and four months in jail for embezzling thousands of dollars from, among others, the late Charlton Heston.

Sharon Walker, who copped a plea to avoid harsher punishment, admitted to stealing more than $150,000 from the Ten Commandments star, as well as nearly $560,000 from 21 Jump Street creator Stephen Cannell by forging their signatures to pay her own credit card bills.

She pleaded no contest to two counts of grand theft and one count of tax evasion.

The onetime account manager, who could have ended up behind bars for 11 years, was also ordered to pay full restitution to her victims and $82,000 in back taxes. Prosecutors never publicly named the firm where Walker was employed.

Heston died of Alzheimer's disease on April 5. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lydia, and two children.

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