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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 12, 2015

Morgantown woman convicted of stealing government money

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA Samantha Christopher, 35, of Morgantown, West Virginia, was convicted in federal court today of misappropriating government money, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

An investigation by the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General revealed that throughout late 2013 and 2014, Christopher embezzled nearly $12,500.00 in money order funds while employed as a Postal Contract Station Clerk.

Christopher pled guilty today to a criminal Information charging her with one count of “Embezzlement, Theft & Conversion of Government Monies.” She faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Morgan is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull presided.

Updated January 8, 2016