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MINGO COUNTY WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO THEFT OF FEDERAL FUNDS

Defendant took more than $25,000 from Alkol Post Office during 2011 embezzlement scheme

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that a Mingo County woman pleaded guilty in federal court to misappropriating postal funds.  Kristen K. Maynard, 29, of Delbarton, Mingo County, W.Va., admitted that over a six-month period in 2011, she took more than $25,000 in cash from the United States Post Office in Alkol, Lincoln County, W.Va.  Maynard was an officer in charge at the Alkol Post Office at the time she committed the federal felony. 

Maynard admitted that during the embezzlement scheme, she took cash that the office received from the sales of stamps and postal money orders and used it to pay personal bills and gambling debts.  Maynard further admitted that she manipulated the books and records in the office to cover up her thefts.  

Maynard faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when she is sentenced on October 1, 2012 by United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston.   

The United States Postal Inspection Service conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Larry Ellis is in charge of the prosecution. 

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