Indiana Postal Clerk Gets Probation For Misappropriation Of Funds

The following is a press release from the office of United States Attorney Timothy M. Morrison, Southern District of Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS – Casey D. Armstrong, 35, Lawrenceville, Ill., was sentenced to three years of probation today by U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence following her guilty plea to misappropriation of Postal funds. This case was the result of a investigation by the United States Postal Service – Office of the Inspector General.

From January 2008 through December 2008, the Vincennes (Indiana) United States Post Office experienced over $2000 in retail losses. Beginning in November 2008, the United States Postal Service – Office of the Inspector General conducted an investigation to determine the source of the losses at the Vincennes Post Office. Video surveillance was set up of the postal clerks selling postage stamps. Casey D. Armstrong, the Defendant who was employed as a clerk, was observed mishandling customer transactions on 28 occasions, in which she underreported stamp sales into the cash register and then kept the resulting overage. Armstrong was interviewed and admitted to not ringing up all the stamp sales. She admitted keeping $2,000 or more of those proceeds for her own use. From the time Armstrong began working at the Vincennes post office in the fall of 2007, through the day she left, December 16, 2008, total losses were $3,796.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney A. Brant Cook, who prosecuted the case for the government, Judge Lawrence ordered that Armstrong is to make restitution in the amount of $3,796 to the United States Postal Service. In addition to the standard conditions of probation,Armstrong is required to perform 60 hours of community service.