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Former Gates Mills postmaster charged with stealing more than $55,000

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio

The former postmaster of the Gates Mills Post Office was charged today with theft of property used by the U.S. Postal Service, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Monica Weyler, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Postal Service -- Office of Inspector General, Eastern Area Field Office.

Ann Apana, 66, of Maple Heights, Ohio, was charged by criminal information with a single count of theft of property used by the U.S. Postal Service.

The information charges that from at least June 12, 2009 until June 15, 2014, as part of a continuing course of conduct, Apana stole approximately $38,741.42 in money and merchandise from the Postal Service and made approximately $18,341.08 in unauthorized purchases of postage using customers’ credit card information.

A charge is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation.  In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Miranda E. Dugi following an investigation by special agents of the U.S. Postal Service -- Office of Inspector General.

Updated January 8, 2016