A Chicago woman was sentenced Thursday to eight years in prison for stealing more than $38,000 in postage stamps.
Cynthia Stewart, 57, pleaded guilty May 11 to committing felony theft by deception.
Stewart used forged checks from closed bank accounts to buy books of stamps, in $200 to $400 increments, during more than 100 purchases.
She visited post offices across Cook, DuPage, Kane and Lake counties from May through September 2008 for the fraudulent purchases, prosecutors said.
"Through this scheme, Ms. Stewart has stolen more than $38,000 from the U.S. Postal Service and, as a result, from all of the taxpayers," Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said in a statement. "This type of theft hurts every one of us."
Stewart, whose alias is Kenosha Warren, is eligible for parole after serving half the prison term. In addition to the prison term, DuPage Circuit Judge Daniel Guerin ordered Stewart to begin paying restitution upon her release.