FORMER U.S. POSTAL SERVICE EMPLOYEE
STEALING CASH, EMBEZZLING UNION FUNDS
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MICHAEL MARTIN, 50, of Bridgeport, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Mark R. Kravitz in New Haven to one count of theft of mail by an employee of the United States Postal Service.
According to court documents and statements made in court, from August to November 2008, while MARTIN was working as a mail clerk for the U.S. Postal Service in Norwalk, MARTIN voided numerous U.S. Postal money orders that he had sold to customers and kept the cash that customers had paid for the money orders. On at least 20 occasions, after MARTIN had sold money orders to customers, he intercepted mail that contained the money orders and discarded the envelopes. On another 14 occasions, U.S. Postal money orders that MARTIN had voided in USPS records were subsequently cashed by recipients. Through this scheme, MARTIN stole approximately $11,320.61.
In pleading guilty, MARTIN also admitted that, in 2007 and 2008, while he was serving as President of the Postal Workers, American, AFL-CIO, Local 3093 Union, he embezzled $8,880.78 in union funds by writing numerous union checks to himself without backup documentation, and by making unauthorized disbursements and ATM withdrawals.
Judge Kravitz has scheduled sentencing for April 9, 2012, at which time MARTIN faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years, a fine of up to $250,000, and an order of restitution in the amount of $20,201.39.
The matter has been investigated by the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General and the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor Management Standards. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Felice Duffy.
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