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Former Illinois state employee gets four years for stealing from fund for needy families

Former Illinois state employee gets four years for stealing from fund for needy families

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MADISON COUNTY • A former Illinois Department of Human Services employee was sentenced to four years in prison for stealing thousands from a fund meant for needy families, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office said Monday.

Amy J. Mueller, 40, of Highland, pleaded guilty Monday in Madison County Circuit Court to aggravated identity theft. In addition to the prison time, Judge Kyle Napp ordered her to repay $30,000.

Mueller worked for the department from 1998 to 2015. In 2012, while at the Madison County Family Community Resource Center, Mueller created fake accounts using legitimate clients’ personal information.

She used the resulting money for vacations, restaurants, massages, tanning sessions and trips to nail salons, Madigan's office said.

“Instead of assisting families in need, this defendant stole tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money,” Madigan said in a prepared statement.

A photo of Mueller was not immediately available.

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