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Postal employee sentenced for stealing from the post office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Donna Spencer, 51, of Falconer, N.Y., pleaded guilty to misappropriation of postal funds by a postal service employee before Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell T. Ippolito, Jr., who is handling the case, stated that Spencer was employed by the United States Postal Service since 1986. Between February 13, 1999, and July 19, 2013, the defendant was employed as the Postmaster at the Frewsburg, N.Y. Post Office. During that time, Spencer accepted cash payments from USPS customers for the purchase of postage stamps. Instead of depositing the cash payments into the USPS register, the defendant kept the cash for her own purposes. An audit of the Frewsburg facility determined that the total loss amount was $14,023.50.

The plea is the culmination of an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Inspector in Charge Kevin Niland of the Boston Division.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 27, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. before Judge Skretny.