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33-year-old Mia Lynn Cousett of Alton was sentenced to three years of probation this week for twelve felony counts of theft of government funds. Cousett, who was a U.S. Post Office letter carrier at the time of the crimes, was found guilty of cashing her deceased mother’s social security checks for an entire year after her mother’s death in April of 2017.
Cousett forged her late mother’s signature, deposited the checks into her mother’s bank account, and then accessed the funds with the mother’s old debit card. The total amount stolen from the taxpayer funded social security department was $15,601. In addition to the 3 years of probation, Cousett has been ordered to pay back full restitution of the stolen money.