Former PMR sentenced to probation for money order embezzlement

ERIE, Pa. – A resident of Titusville, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to one year probation and ordered to make restitution in the amount of $1,339.94 on her conviction of misappropriation of postal funds, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Senior United States District Judge Maurice B. Cohill, Jr. imposed the sentence on Cortney Tarr, 28.

According to information presented to the court, Tarr embezzled numerous postal money orders while she was employed as a Postmaster Relief employee.

Assistant United States Attorney Marshall J. Piccinini prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Tarr.

via USDOJ: US Attorney’s Office – Western Pennsylvania.

  • Mr_Postman

    It’s not surprising to see a theft case like this. Get ready for more. Many more. I’m a full-time letter carrier in Kansas at the top of the wage scale so I’m “overpaid” at $55,000+ per year. If Darrel Issa had his way, I’d be making about $12.00 per hour or less. There is NO WAY I would ever steal anything from the USPS, where I’ve worked for over 28 years. It’s supported me and my family in a middle-class income, and I greatly appreciate my career. I took an oath. I don’t need to steal anything. I make a decent living. However, if the USPS and Darrel Issa get their way, a new wave of employees making less than 1/2 of my salary will enter the USPS. Here’s a description of a PMR job –

    TITLE: PM RELIEF/REPLCMNT
    GRADE: L – 09
    FLSA DESIGNATION: Non-Exempt
    OCCUPATION CODE: 2305-6111
    NON-SCHEDULED DAYS: VARIES
    HOURS: VARIES
    HOURLY RATE: $9.45/HOUR
    SERIOUS APPLICANTS NEED ONLY APPLY.
    PMRs must be available to work when needed even with short notice.
    PMRs work in the absence of the postmaster (usually every Saturday and when the postmaster is off work during the week.)
    ***NO BENEFITS FOR THIS POSITION.***
    SALARY RANGE: $9.45/HOUR

    This “job” pays only $9.45 per hour, has no benefits, and the day most likely worked will be Saturday. No wonder the PMR was tempted to steal money orders. Wake up, USPS. You get what you paid for. If you pay Wal-Mart wages, very few hours, no benefits, and a sh*tty work schedule, how can you NOT expect people to steal from you? It used to be the USPS hired the best people they could find with the entrance exams.

  • Emil

    Absolutely correct. Penny wise & pound foolish. Pay folks properly & provide subsidized benefits.

    Why do our top folks in DC get paid over $200,000 & give themselves bonuses. (ie: VP of HR receives over $237,000 per year & in November 2010 he gave himself over a $57,000 ‘retention bonus’.) They also receive FREE health benefits!

    The USPS has a bunch of ‘Bernie Madoffs’ at the top.

    I am disappointed with the USPS & it’s upper management staff @ L’Enfant Plaza. Just retired after 37+ years of service. Can’t believe what the USPS is doing to it’s dedicated staff of employees.