A woman who once worked to help those in need is heading to jail for stealing money from an account set up to help others. 40-year-old Amy Mueller of Highland pleaded guilty this week to aggravated identity theft, and must also pay restitution. She worked for the state at the time of the crimes.
In a story the Big Z first told you about last November, Mueller was an employee of the East Alton office of the Illinois Department of Human Services from 1998 to 2015. Investigators allege that 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. The total stolen is approximately $159,222. In addition to the prison term, she must repay $30,000. Judge Kyle Napp sentenced her on Monday.