Posted: May 2, 2012 4:40 AM by Associated Press
ALTON, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois woman has been ordered in Missouri to spend three years in federal prison and repay $228,000 she pillaged from an elderly couple she had been hired to tend.
The (Alton) Telegraph reports that 47-year-old Kayla Mueller was sentenced in U.S. District Court in St. Louis after pleading guilty to a felony bank fraud count.
Authorities say Mueller committed the swindle while working for a home health care business in Bethalto, Ill., just northeast of St. Louis.
Relatives of the couple discovered the theft after one of the victims died in 2010.
The victims had lived until 2005 in the St. Louis suburb of St. Ann before moving to Bethalto in 2005.