BETHALTO — A former village receptionist was charged Thursday with felony theft.
In a press release, police said Tania A. Keller, 34, of the 400 block of Texas Boulevard, Bethalto, was charged with one count of theft under $500 to government property, a Class 4 felony. Bond was set at $10,000 by Judge Richard Tognarelli. Keller turned herself in to Bethalto police March 24 and was released after posting bond.
Keller was employed by the village of Bethalto as a receptionist from April 6, 2015, to March 16. Bethalto police allege that Keller, without authorization and knowingly by deception, obtained control over U.S. postage printed from a village postal meter and used the postage for private, non-governmental purposes with the intent to permanently deprive the village of Bethalto the value of the postage.
The typical sentence for a Class 4 felony is 1 to 3 years in prison or up to 2 1/2 years probation.