EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) – A woman in southwestern Illinois has been ordered to spend eight months in federal prison for defrauding the Alton credit union where she once worked out of $72,000.

The (Alton) Telepgraph reports that 26-year-old Kalicza Tegel-Mills of Plainview apologized to her family and the credit union during a sentencing hearing Monday in East St. Louis. She pleaded guilty in November to one count of defrauding a financial institution.

Federal prosecutors say Tegel-Mills held roles ranging from teller supervisor to vice president of operations and loan officer while working at the Alton Employees Federal Credit Union from 2006 to 2010.

Authorities allege she fraudulently increased personal loan amounts without supervisory approval or proper documentation and wrongly posted payments to her and her husband’s credit card accounts.

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