Badger woman goes to federal prison for obstruction

BADGER — A Badger woman who once served time in federal prison will do so again after admitting to throwing away mail as a way of preventing her wages from being garnished to pay restitution, according to prosecutors.

Terri Cosgrove, 55, pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of obstruction of correspondence.

She has been sentenced to 90 days in prison, according to the United States attorney’s office, Northern District of Iowa.

Cosgrove was previously sentenced to federal prison in July 2004 on a bank fraud conviction. As part of her sentence, Cosgrove was ordered to pay back $188,708.01 in restitution, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

After failing to receive restitution, the government attempted to garnish Cosgrove’s wages via her employer.

“After the employer did not respond to the garnishment letter, law enforcement questioned Cosgrove,” the U.S. attorney’s office said. “Cosgrove told law enforcement that she destroyed the garnishment paperwork sent to her employer because she did not want her wages garnished.”

Cosgrove pleaded guilty to the obstruction charge in August, and was sentenced Tuesday.

Additionally, she still owes restitution on her bank fraud conviction.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Postal Inspection Service.