A former U.S. Postal Service employee was sentenced to 21 months in prison after authorities say she improperly took agency money for her personal use.
Leslie McCready, 45, of Concord, also will serve one year of supervised release after her prison sentence, and was ordered to pay $51,000 in restitution to the Postal Service, federal authorities said Friday.
A jury found McCready guilty last December of one count of misappropriation of postal funds.
According to federal prosecutors, McCready created more than 1,400 false “Service Not Rendered” transactions at her sales terminal and took money from the refunds generated for her personal use. At the time, McCready was the lead sales and service associate at a postal office in Charlotte.
Authorities said many of the transactions occurred after the customer lobby was closed, and surveillance footage showed McCready entering the transactions and pocketing the money.
In all, authorities said McCready entered 1,469 fraudulent “Service Not Rendered” transactions between March 2008 and July 2009.
McCready has been out on bond since April 2011, and will be allowed to self-report to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Authorities stressed McCready’s crime is not common among postal employees.
“The U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General takes these cases very seriously and investigates them to the fullest extent of the law,” Special Agent in Charge Paul
Bowman said in a press release. “Ms. McCready reflects a very small percentage of employees who failed to uphold the integrity placed in them while handling Postal funds. The general public should be reminded that the majority of postal employees remain committed to exhibiting the highest moral character and trust that customers expect and deserve.”
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