Former Kansas Postmaster Indicted On Embezzlement Charges

TOPEKA, KAN. – The former postmaster of the Whiting, Kan., post office has been indicted on charges of embezzling government funds, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Thursday.

Terri L. Morris, 49, Holton, Kan., is charged with two counts of making a false writing and one count of embezzling public funds. The indictment alleges the crimes took place at various times from Oct. 1, 2008, to Aug. 24, 2010, while Morris was Postmaster in the town of about 200 in Jackson County, Kan.

The indictment alleges that in 2010 investigators with the Postal Service made an unannounced visit to the Whiting Post Office and conducted an audit that showed a shortage of more than $7,000.

If convicted, Morris faces a maximum penalty of 5 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. The U.S. Postal Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Kenney is prosecuting.

  • cpttuna

    When he left that post office, all funds and accounts should have been on the up and up. Since this does not appear to be the case, where was upper mgt???????

  • xcarrier

    if you were paying attention you would have seen that these charges were from when he was still there. So I would imagine that this is why he is the FORMER Postmaster and not the Retired Postmaster. The investigation and charges are what cost him his job so when he left the funds and accounts were not in order.

  • duhhhh

    we had a carrier in our office stealing everything, the postal inspectors placed a package with a homing/gps device in it, she stole it , the inspectors pulled her over after work in her car , found the package in her bag… she was told to resign or face the music , she quit.now she works for the tsa, my question to you is who do you have more faith in , the usps postal inspectors or the transportation security agency ? the point is at one time you would do jail time, now they let you resign/ quit. this is why these thefts happen , people are not scared of the consequences. will the postmaster get a 250,000 fine or 10 years on each count… NO .NO . NO. as for the tsa i feel real confident that this person is letting people get on the planes with nothing…not ! i bet she could be swayed with a bribe to let anyone take something on plane. yes i did contact the tsa office in boston and reported her . now we wait and see what they do , my guess the same as the usps did , nothing !

  • xcarrier

    The only thing the Postal Service or the Postal Inspectors have control over is Charging them. Which in this case they did. The rest is up to Lawyers and the legal system, We all know how crooked they are. So you are right this PM will probably not do Jail time, But the courts and Lawyers will make a fortune fighting it out. Or should I say negotiating it out.