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East St. Louis woman convicted of stealing disabled daughter’s social security funds

EAST ST. LOUIS, Illinois — An Illinois woman has been sentenced to more than a year in prison for stealing her daughter’s disability benefits.

Melissa D. Wasylak, of East Alton, was indicted in March on 21 counts related to collecting Social Security benefits. She was also slammed with charges of wire transfer and making false statements.

According to the indictment, Wasylak had become a beneficiary of her daughter’s benefits, but did not notify the Social Security Administration when her daughter was no longer in her care.

According to the indictment, Wasylak’s daughter moved in with her ex-husband in 2008. She continued to receive payments on behalf of her daughter until the SSA found out in May 2019.

None of the benefits Wasylak received were paid to her ex-husband or daughter.

In addition to the prison sentence, Wasylak must serve two years of probation after her release. She was also ordered to pay more than $58,000 in restitution to the SSA.