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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Former USPS Employee Sentenced for Stealing Nearly $40K in Postal Money Orders

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that KEITH SANFORD, 33, of Litchfield, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to five years of probation for embezzling nearly $40,000 in postal money orders while working for the U.S. Postal Service.

According to court documents and statements made in court, between July 2017 and December 2018, Sanford was employed by the U.S. Postal Service and worked on a rotating basis at the Granby, West Granby and East Hartland Post Offices.  Between April and December 2018, Sanford issued 139 postal money orders totaling $39,937.02 to himself and, in certain instances, his associates, without remitting payment for them.  Sanford received all of the proceeds from this scheme.

Judge Bryant ordered Sanford to pay full restitution.

On June 2, 2020, Sanford pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government property.

This matter was investigated by the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Maria del Pilar Gonzalez.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Public Corruption
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Updated September 9, 2020