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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 30, 2015

Hanover Postal Employee Charged With Embezzlement Of Government Funds

HARRISBURG - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Janell Williams, age 38, Hanover, Pennsylvania, was indicted late yesterday by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg on a charge of misappropriation of postal funds.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Williams, a United States Postal Service employee allegedly took $5,335.46 in government funds between July 2013 and October 2014 for her own use.

This case was investigated by the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daryl F. Bloom.

Indictments 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 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 July 30, 2015