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Posted: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 7:57 pm | Updated: 12:32 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

A Gilbert woman accused of signing her deceased mother's name to checks three months after she died was charged Wednesday for the offenses, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced.

Elsa Maureen Lynch, 59, was charged with one count of theft of government funds and four counts of bank fraud in U.S. District Court, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Lynch is accused of stealing $15,215 from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs from June 1, 2005, to Aug. 22, 2006, by signing her mother's name to four checks to withdraw the money, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Lynch's mother died May 21, 2005.

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