Kansas Postmaster Convicted Of Embezzlement

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – The former postmaster of the Whiting, Kan., post office has been convicted on charges of embezzling government funds, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Terri L. Morris, 50, Holton,, Kan., was convicted in a jury trial on two counts of making a false writing and one count of embezzling public funds.

During trial, prosecutors presented evidence that the crimes took place while Morris was postmaster in Whiting, a town of about 200 in Jackson County, Kan. In 2010, investigators with the U.S. Postal Service made an unannounced visit to the Whiting Post Office and conducted an audit that showed a shortage of more than $7,000. Morris took the money and filed fraudulent statements to the Postal Service to cover up the thefts.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 24. She faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count of making a false writing, and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the embezzlement count. Grissom commended the U.S. Postal Service, Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Kenney and Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Hathaway for their work on the case.

Former Postmaster Convicted Of Embezzlement

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  2. it starts off at with a 20 spot nothing happens. then a late notice and no money in the bank. then a big vehicle maintenance bill and then an unexpected financial disaster (bail money) and before you know it you don’t have enough to put back what you took. happens everyday of the year somewhere not just the post it’s just that we have a magazine to let us know how many holier than thou crook managers put in charge of us who have such low morals they can’t keep their hands out of the cookie jar.

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