US Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Colleen K. Mouw,age 52, of Elk Point, SD, appeared before US Magistrate Judge John E. Simko on March 25, and pled guilty to an Information that charged her with theft of government funds. The maximum penalty upon conviction is one year in prison and/or a $100,000 fine, plus restitution. Mouw was the postmaster at the Jefferson, South Dakota, Post Office. Between May 2007 and May 26, 2009,she made application to the United States Postal Service and received reimbursement for expenses she indicated were incurred on behalf of the Postal Service, which expenses were not reimbursable. The amount stolen was less than $1,000. The investigation was conducted by the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Connie Larson. A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date will be set. The defendant was released on bond pending sentencing.