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Postal Employee Charged with Misappropriating Postal Funds

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

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – A resident of Somerset, Pa. was indicted today by a federal grand jury in Johnstown on a charge of misappropriation of postal funds by a postal service employee, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

The indictment named Michael Reich, 57, of Somerset, Pa., as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment presented to the court, from May 18, 2016 to November 1, 2016, while an employee of the United States Postal Service, he unlawfully converted to his own use approximately $19,180, which had come into his possession or control as an employee of the United States Postal Service.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie L. Haines, is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated March 13, 2017