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Sentencing set June 3 postal theft

Sentencing is set June 3 for a former Grangeville Post Office worker who pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court last week to misappropriation of postal funds.

As part of the plea agreement accepted March 18, federal prosecutors will drop a second charge of providing false information against Mari A. Mort.

According to court records, Mort was charged with converting to her own use money that came under her control while acting as a Grangeville Postal Service clerk from Feb. 14, 2011, to June 13, 2013.

Mort is alleged to have taken money by creating numerous Postal Validation Imprint (PVI) labels, charging them to a USPS business customer, Water Oz, and later issued refunds on these and kept the money. During this time, Mort was also alleged to have pocketed cash money provided to her during customer transactions. USPS investigators determined Mort stole $7,721.58 during this 28-month period.

On this felony misappropriation charge, Mort faces maximum penalties of a $250,000 fine and 10 years in prison, as well as restitution in an amount to be determined by the court.

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