Emmonak Woman sentenced to prison for theft of cash from registered mail
Anchorage, Alaska - U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that an Emmonak woman who pled guilty was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage for four felony violations of theft of mail by an officer or employee of the U.S. Postal Service.
Sharon Andrews, 54, of Emmonak, Alaska, admitted to stealing nine registered mail packages containing a total of $174,000 in cash. Andrews was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Ralph R. Beistline to 4 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and was ordered to repay $164,700 in restitution.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder, who prosecuted the case, in 2010 Andrews was the Postmaster in Emmonak, Alaska. In May 2010, Andrews illegally took possession of three registered mail packages containing a total of $44,000 in cash. The packages were supposed to be forwarded to Kotlik, Alaska, but Andrews stole them instead. In September 2010, she illegally took possession of an additional registered mail package containing $25,000 in cash. That package was also addressed to Kotlik, Alaska. Finally, in October 2012, Andrews again illegally took possession of five additional packages containing a total of $93,100 in cash, also addressed to Kotlik.
Ms. Loeffler commends the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for the investigation of this case.