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Former Postal Employee Charged With Embezzlement

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Kassidy D. Atherton, age 24, of McVeytown, Pennsylvania, was indicted on October 16, 2019, by a federal grand jury on embezzlement charges.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the indictment alleges that between December 2018 and January 31, 2019, in Huntington and Fulton Counties, Atherton, while a Postal Service employee, knowingly issued fraudulent postal money orders and deposited the funds into her own bank account.

The case was investigated by the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General. Assistant U.S. Attorney James T. Clancy is prosecuting the case.

Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is 10 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs.  For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.


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Updated October 17, 2019

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