FORMER U.S. POSTAL SERVICE EMPLOYEE WHO
STOLE CASH AND EMBEZZLED UNION FUNDS IS SENTENCED
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MICHAEL MARTIN, 50, a former United States Postal Service employee residing in Bridgeport, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Mark R. Kravitz in New Haven to five years of probation, the first six months of which MARTIN must spend in home confinement with electronic monitoring. MARTIN also was ordered to perform 200 hours of community service. On January 11, 2012, MARTIN pleaded guilty to one count of theft of mail by an employee of the U.S. 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 addition, in 2007 and 2008, while MARTIN 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.
As part of the sentence, Judge Kravitz ordered MARTIN to pay restitution in the total amount of $20,201.39.
MARTIN was terminated from his employment with U.S. Postal Service in 2009 after an internal investigation.
The matter was 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 was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Felice Duffy.
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