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Breaking news: veterinarian imposter, Tomko, gets early prison release

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Between April 2013 and March 2013, convicted heroin addict Brandi Tomko of Tallmadge Ohio was arrested, tried, and convicted for impersonating a veterinarian. She was sentenced to eighteen months in prison. Today, Judge Paul Gallagher granted Tomko early release, after having served less than nine months of her sentence. She has been placed on two years of community control probation. Tomko thanked the court for sending her to prison and " her the chance to rehabilitate herself."

Community Control sanctions include a variety of residential, non-residential, and financial options that judges may use in criminal sentencing. Residential community control sanctions include community-based correctional facilities, halfway houses, and others. Non-residential options include community supervision, drug and alcohol treatment, house arrest, electronic monitoring, and community service. It is not known what Community Control sanctions are being imposed in this case.

Tomko had been an office worker at the C&D Animal Hospital in Akron, and kept the business operating long after the real vets had left the practice. Tomko had impersonated a vet, diagnosing pets, prescribing medication and in some cases performing surgeries. Several pets died under her care.

Pet owners suspicious of her qualifications called authorities in May of 2012. The charges against Tomko included 33 counts, including practicing without a license, cruelty to animals, and injuring animals.

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