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Northern Iowa woman sent to prison for throwing away mail sent to bank


This news story was published on December 8, 2018.
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Federal courthouse, Northern District of Iowa in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS – A woman who threw away mail sent to her employer that ordered her wages garnished was sentenced December 4, 2018, to 90 days’ imprisonment.

Terri Cosgrove, age 55, from Badger, Iowa, received the prison term after an August 20, 2018, guilty plea to one count of obstruction of correspondence.

On July 13, 2004, as part of the sentence she received in federal court for committing bank fraud, Cosgrove was ordered to pay $188,708.01 in restitution. After repeated attempts to collect restitution from Cosgrove, the United States attempted to garnish Cosgrove’s wages by contacting her employer. After the employer did not respond to the garnishment letter, law enforcement questioned Cosgrove. Cosgrove told law enforcement that she destroyed the garnishment paperwork sent to her employer because she did not want her wages garnished.

Cosgrove was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Cosgrove was sentenced to 90 days’ imprisonment. She must also serve a one-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system. Cosgrove continues to owe restitution for her bank fraud. Cosgrove is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until she can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Matthew J. Cole and investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Postal Inspection Service.

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6 Responses to Northern Iowa woman sent to prison for throwing away mail sent to bank

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 9, 2018 at 3:54 am

    Lady drives into a river to kill her kids and gets probation. This lady throws away mail and gets prison. Makes sense

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 8, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Give her a break. They give minorities breaks why not her.

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    December 8, 2018 at 10:30 am

    Priceless ! The women got in trouble because she has no MONEY ! Now they want her to pay $188,000.00 in restitution? Are these people just stupid or liberal kool aid poppies ? By the way if she was mex she would have the demorat ACLU pay the bill and bill the taxpayers. No problem !

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      December 10, 2018 at 1:46 pm

      On July 13, 2004, as part of the sentence she received in federal court for committing bank fraud, Cosgrove was ordered to pay $188,708.01 in restitution.