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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

Friday, October 3, 2014

Cahokia Woman Sentenced For Stealing Funds From Department Of Veterans Affairs

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today that Mary Lee Owens, 54, of Cahokia, was sentenced today in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois in East Saint Louis on charges that she stole pension benefits from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Owens admitted that from November 2004 through April 2013, she fraudulently obtained $70,260 from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The district court sentenced Owens to three months imprisonment, three years of supervised release to follow imprisonment, with the first six months to be in home detention, to pay restitution of $70,260 to Department of Veterans Affairs, and to pay a special assessment of $100.

The case was investigated by agents of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Liam Coonan.

Updated February 19, 2015