Postal Service Employee Pleads Guilty To Cashing More Than $41,000 In Money Orders

Friday, June 4th, 2010 at 6:32 am

A United States Postal Service (“USPS”) employee pleaded guilty today in federal court to stealing and cashing approximately 80 money orders totaling more than $41,000 for her personal use.

Appearing in Minneapolis before United States District Court Judge James M. Rosenbaum, Linda Kay Johnson, age 60, of Lewisville, pleaded guilty to one count of fraudulently issuing money orders. She was indicted on March 9, 2010.

In her plea agreement, Johnson admitted issuing the money orders without reporting or paying for them while she worked as a postmaster relief in LaSalle and Hanska, Minnesota, from August 9 through December 4, 2008. Johnson’s duties included conducting financial transactions with USPS customers in the absence of the permanent postmaster. These transactions included the sale of postal money orders, postage and other retail services. Johnson was also responsible for collecting payments and completing a daily financial report. Johnson admitted falsifying records in order to hide her theft.

For her crime, Johnson faces a potential maximum penalty of five years in prison. Judge Rosenbaum will determine her sentence at a future date, yet to be scheduled.

08This case is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Service-Office of Inspector General. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Erika R. Mozangue.

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