Woman accused of stealing from dad’s estate gets probation

DUBUQUE (AP) — A Dubuque woman accused of stealing more than $35,000 from late father’s estate has been given probation.

Dubuque County District Court records say 54-year-old Molly Behnke was sentenced Monday to a suspended prison term of five years and two to five years of probation. She’d pleaded guilty to felony theft and forgery.

Authorities say an estate attorney told police that Behnke, as one of the executors for her father’s estate, was authorized to withdraw money to pay his final bills. But court documents say Behnke made withdrawals from May to July last year that were not used to pay off the debts.