Former Acting Postmaster Sentenced For Money Order Kiting Scheme

Press Release from the U.S> Attorney for the District of Connecticut:

August 11, 2010

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that KEVIN RYAN, 54, of Avon, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to two years of probation for misappropriating postal funds.

According to court documents and statements made in court,  between June 2008 and June 2009, RYAN was the Officer in Charge of the North Canton Post Office.  While serving as the Office in Charge, RYAN imprinted and deposited into his personal bank account postal money orders without making the required corresponding payments to the U.S. Postal Service until days or weeks later.  During this time, RYAN kited approximately 66 money orders.  When interviewed by federal agents on June 10, 2009, RYAN turned over six money order vouchers that had been redeemed but not paid for.

The total amount of money RYAN failed to pay to the U.S. Postal Service was $2,040.  Today, Judge Burns ordered that RYAN make full restitution.

RYAN pleaded guilty to the offense on May 13, 2010.

This matter was investigated by the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul H. McConnell.