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USPS employee sentenced

COEUR D’ALENE — Former Grangeville Post Office employee Mari A. Mort, 46, of Grangeville, was sentenced last Tuesday, June 3, in United States District Court to three years of probation for embezzling public funds. 

As part of Mort’s sentence, Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered her to pay $7,721.58 in restitution. Mort pleaded guilty to the charge of misappropriating postal funds in March 2014. 

According to court documents between Feb. 14, 2011, and June 13, 2013, Mort, who was employed at the U.S. Post Office in Grangeville, stole money from Water Oz, a company located just outside Grangeville. Mort embezzled funds by charging Water Oz for packages the company did not mail and refunding the money to herself.

The case was investigated by the Office of Inspector General for the United States Postal Service.

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