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Lowville woman sentenced for misappropriation of postal funds

By WKTV News

LOWVILLE, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Lowville woman was sentenced in federal court on Monday for misappropriation of postal funds.

According to U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian, Erin Woolschlager, 36, of Lowville was sentenced to ten weekends in jail, five years probation, 200 hours of community service and a $100 special assessment.

Woolschlager was also ordered to pay $21,705.05 in restitution in connection to her plea to the felony offense of Misappropriation of Postal Funds.

Authorities say that she admitted that while working at the Natural Bridge Post Office, she cashed 105 money orders, totaling $14,372.42, without purchasing or processing any of the money orders through the St. Louis Federal Reserve.

Woolschlager admitted to using the money orders to deposit funds into her checking account; pay her car payment, mortgage payments, doctors bills, National Grid bill; repay a cousin for a loan; purchase a $500 puppy; and make various other purchases, authorities said.

Officials said she also acknowledged that she took in excess of $6,500 of postal funds. In total, Woolschlager acknowledged owing the United States Postal Service $21,705.05.

The investigation began in March 2010, when Special Agents with the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General ("USPSOIG") reviewed records and conducted an audit of the Natural Bridge Post Office as a result of numerous money orders being processed after the date they were cashed.

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