Western NY Postmaster sentenced to probation for stealing $14,000

Updated May 30, 2014: WIVB Buffalo reports that former Frewsburg NY postmaster, Donna Spencer, was sentenced this week to two years probation for misappropriation of postal funds. In addition, she was ordered to reimburse over $14,000 in stolen postal funds.

Spencer pleaded guilty to the charges in February of this year:

inspectorBUFFALO – U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Donna Spencer, 51, of Falconer, pleaded guilty to misappropriation of postal funds by a postal service employee before Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell T. Ippolito, Jr., who is handling the case, stated that Spencer was employed by the United States Postal Service since 1986. Between February 13, 1999, and July 19, 2013, the defendant was employed as the Postmaster at the Frewsburg post office. During that time, Spencer accepted cash payments from USPS customers for the purchase of postage stamps. Instead of depositing the cash payments into the USPS register, the defendant kept the cash for her own purposes. An audit of the Frewsburg facility determined that the total loss amount was $14,023.50.

The plea is the culmination of an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Inspector in Charge Kevin Niland of the Boston Division.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 27 at 10 a.m. before Judge Skretny.

  • Retired Mailman

    Probation and restitution. No termination? Maybe a promotion. Never any incarceration. And the beat goes on, and the beat goes on, etc.

  • Had Enough

    I guess installing security cameras in certain locations in the Post Office would be an invasion of Postal Employees privacy, or in direct violation of their Union Contract.

  • alfred

    what happens to 3 years in a federal pen. If it was a regular postal employee caught he or she would be doing jail time.