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South Charleston woman pleads guilty for theft from Tornado Post Office

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A South Charleston woman who stole from the Tornado Post Office in Kanawha County pleaded guilty today, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Martha Edele, 34, entered her guilty plea to theft of government money.


Edele was employed as an Officer-In-Charge at the Tornado Post Office. From December 23, 2013, through January 30, 2014, Edele took money that customers paid for stamps or money order sales. After taking the money, Edele would not report the transaction. Agents with the United States Post Office, Office of Inspector General, noted the account shortfall and spoke with Edele on January 31, 2014. Edele admitted taking the money, and she is no longer working for the United States Postal Service. Edele took $5,470.21 from the Tornado Post Office, and, as part of her plea agreement, has agreed to pay that amount in restitution. 


Edele faces up to a year in federal prison and a $100,000 fine when she is sentenced on January 10, 2018.


The United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Erik S. Goes is in charge of the prosecution. United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin presided over the plea hearing.


Updated October 18, 2017