Charges have been filed against a state Department of Human Services employee who allegedly stole money from those in need to pay for vacations, going out to eat, and tanning sessions. 40 year old Amy Mueller of Highland worked at the IDHS office in East Alton and was charged Thursday in Madison County Circuit Court for allegedly committing the crimes over the last four years.
Mueller is charged with theft over $100,000 of government money, a count of aggravated identity theft, two counts of identity theft, five counts of official misconduct and three counts of wire fraud. Investigators allege starting in 2012 Mueller created fake benefit accounts using legitimate clients personal information in order to make cash withdrawals to spend for personal use, including vacations, restaurant visits, massages, tanning sessions and nail salons. She had worked for the state since 1998. The total stolen is approximately $159,222. The Illinois Attorney General’s Office brought the charges through the Public Integrity Bureau, with help from the IDHS and Illinois State Police. Mueller’s next court date is January 4.