Former Capitan NM Postmaster Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

uspsoigALBUQUERQUE – Kristi K. Sepkowitz, 55, of Alto, N.M., pleaded guilty this morning in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to a felony information charging her with embezzling money belonging to the United States. Sepkowitz was the Postmaster of the Capitan Post Office in Lincoln County, N.M., when she committed the offense to which she pled guilty.

In her plea agreement, Sepkowitz acknowledged that as Postmaster of the Capitan Post Office, she held a position of trust with respect to funds belonging to the U.S. Postal Service that came into her possession. Sepkowitz admitted that between Feb. 2012 and Dec. 2013, she betrayed that trust by engaging in an unlawful scheme pursuant to which she embezzled and converted funds, including cash and money orders, belonging to the U.S. Postal Service to her own use.

During the course of the scheme, Sepkowitz issued postal money orders to herself without making appropriate payment. She also took cash from daily postal deposits and used the cash for her own purposes. Sepkowitz attempted to pay back the postal funds she embezzled by writing checks on her personal bank account and depositing the checks with the daily postal deposits.

According to court filings, Sepkowitz embezzled and converted more than $450,000 in postal funds over the course of the scheme. She has fully repaid the U.S. Postal Service for the postal funds she embezzled and converted to her own use.

Under the terms of her plea agreement, Sepkowitz will be sentenced to three years of probation and required to pay a $1,000.00 fine. She remains on conditions of release pending her sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brock E. Taylor, of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office.

  • Tony

    Stupid is as stupid does!

  • Gregory LaMotte

    If this was a carrier or clerk the powers that may be would demand jail time. She is a crook and the judicial system should make an example out of her.

  • divide and conquer

    Here’s a little news flash for you- outside your little world, postal workers are postal workers. Cops and prosecutors aren’t impressed by titles like supervisor or postmaster. The vast majority of postal criminals, craft or management, don’t get jail time- just like most other non-violent criminals.

    Maybe it would make you feel better if the guy gets sent to jail, but spare us the “make an example” nonsense. No postal worker is going to read about this guy going to jail and think “golly, I guess I won’t steal from the mail after all!” They don’t care about your little examples, because they all think they will never get caught. As far as I’m concerned, the guy’s been punished by having his life and reputation (and future earning potential) destroyed. I don’t particularly want to foot the bill for his room and board.

  • An angry daughter

    Hello all this is her daughter ad as u all read there is NO MONEY MISSING…how can this be embezzlement!? The postal service even told the lawyer they can’t prove this case but they had all the money in the world to fight and my mom did not…this is all a bunch of bull. Have a good day

  • An angry daughter

    They made her plead guilty otherwise she would be spending half our house payment to fight

  • common sense

    From what I read, it sounds like she was “borrowing” the money from the cash drawer, and then paying it back, hoping she wouldn’t be counted in the meantime? Is that what you mean by “NO MONEY MISSING”?

    If so, that’s still embezzlement, even if she got lucky and managed to pay it all back before anyone knew it was missing. Also- if, as you say, the USPS couldn’t prove the case, then why didn’t your mother go to trial? If they can’t prove the case, then your mother and her lawyer didn’t have to say a word- it’s up to the prosecution to prove you’re guilty. If they can’t, your mother’s innocent. That doesn’t cost a penny.

    Sorry, but your story doesn’t make sense!

    Have a good day!

  • Sophie

    If that were me, I’d be in jail in the basement section.

  • Sepkowitz

    This is her daughter we have the note stated from another postal worker that had all the money and money orders still counted in the safe the other worker just didn’t plug it in so all this is stupid

  • Sepkowitz

    She never did anything…all the money was in the safe at her other office that the clerk never submitted

  • arizona nowall

    I know the daughter doesn’t know the whole truth, or this would have never gone to court. When you admit to a crime, you are marked, and are a criminal. Once an embezzler, always an embezzler. I’m sure that it went on longer than what was stated. Floating money that isn’t yours, is a criminal act. Since the post office was not the only business she involved with her actions, the post office had to file. Other wise they probably would have let her fly. But this is a Federal matter. The punishment should match the crime.

  • common sense

    All what money? Why is there money from one office ending up in another office? If you actually expect someone to believe your story, why don’t you spell it out?

    It doesn’t cost anything to go to court and tell the truth, and yet, you say your mother went to court and lied under oath about crimes she didn’t commit? And you can’t figure out why no one believes you?

  • arizona nowall

    They can’t “make” you do what you don’t want to do

  • arizona nowall

    It’s never your fault, always someone else’s !

  • arizona nowall

    Your right, but there are clerks that have taken a whole lot less, and are serving jail time. So it does happen, just not enough.

  • divide and conquer

    Name one. All of the stories here about clerks and carriers being convicted say they were sentenced to probation, just like postmasters and managers.

  • common sense

    You still haven’t explained WHY your mother was issuing money orders to herself.

  • arizona nowall

    I don’t know their name, my union rep told me. One stole 100.00 and is serving 8 years in prison. I don’t know any personally. But I could probably bet on more clerks than management is jailed.

  • divide and conquer

    What a shock!! YOU claim that clerks and carriers ALWAYS get sent to prison when managers get probation, and YOU CAN”T NAME A SINGLE ONE!! Meanwhile this site is full of stories about clerks and carriers getting probation, AND NOT A SINGLE ONE GOING TO JAIL!

    Do you know how to spell BS? Don’t you feel just the slightest bit ridiculous writing easily disproven garbage like that, even in an anonymous forum? No wonder our nation is going downhill so fast when ignorant people like you live here, and even get to vote!

  • arizona nowall

    I think your full of crap!!! I never said they ALWAYS get sent to prison! If you would go on the internet and investigate you can see for your self. you are obviously a show me type of psycho, that has your feelings on your shoulders. I could call you ignorant, but that would give you an excuse. Your just plain stupid! IF you work for the post office, your are quite a mental case, glad your not in my town. I think your the type that just likes to bitch. so have it, you can argue, and try and conquer yourself!

  • divide and conquer

    Oh you poor little thing! Don’t you just hate it when you say something stupid and someone asks you to prove it? Why let the facts get in the way of your stupid little rant, right? Like I said before- if clerks go to jail while postmasters go free, prove it- name one clerk who went to jail for the same crime a postmaster got probation. I “went on the internet” like you suggested, and there AREN’T any cases like that!

    Prove me wrong!

    You can’t!

  • arizona nowall

    HAHAHA!! Since your such an “expert” on the subject, prove to me that no one goes to jail! That’s whats wrong with the PO now, is people like you are running it! All in a make believe world. When God gave you a life, the package came with common since! What you do with your life is up to you. Seems like you didn’t do so good! You have to practice common since to expand your smarts! I will pray that your life improves and you do something with it. Remember you only have ONE! 🙂 I have already wasted about 10-15 min of my life on you, that’s all you get!!! :))) LOL Paying for you!!!!!!!

  • Daughter

    She had to she didn’t have the money to keep fighting it….she embezzled nothing , even the postal service knows it that’s why they won’t cooperate with the court.

  • common sense

    It doesn’t cost a penny to go to court and plead not guilty.

    Why was she issuing herself money orders? Why did the USPS out of the blue, decide to prosecute your mother?

    Why did the US Attorney go along with it?

    Sorry, but you’re still not making any sense. Which is probably why you post stuff here instead of going to the news media- they’d love a story like this, but only if it’s believable.

  • Daughter

    It doesn’t cost a thing to plead not guilty but it would cost our whole house to keep fighting it….why isn’t the postal service involved in the case anymore? They won’t say a word to the courts now since they made my mom plead guilty

  • common sense

    Sorry, but it doesn’t cost you a penny to plead not guilty. Your mother had a lawyer. A lawyer can’t tell you how to plead. That’s your decision. Your mother pled guilty.

    Why won’t you tell us why your mother was issuing money orders to herself? Your mother testified under oath tht she was basically using the post offices under her control as her own private bank. Are you saying she was lying when she said that? Do you think that’s OK?

    If you’re saying your mother didn’t really steal, then you’re also saying that your mother committed perjury when she pled guilty- because in her plea agreement she admitted theft,

    What exactly are you claiming? In all the comments you posted here, you’ve never explained why your mother did all the things she has confessed to.

  • Daughter

    She had other offices to control which most of the time she was by herself and couldn’t go to the bank so she had to get money orders from her personal checks to help out her other offices since she couldn’t leave her office…the media said it was for her Mary Kay business but it wasn’t…so there’s your reason for her issuing herself money orders…if she’s guilty for trying to help out her other offices then fine

  • common sense

    Do you actually read this stuff before you post it? In the first place, it’s against USPS regulations to accept a personal check for a money order. So you just provided ample justification for your mother to be fired right there!

    And how exactly does laundering checks by buying money orders “help out her other offices “???

  • USPS Management

    If she plead not guilty and been acquitted of the charges,we would have promoted her as we usually do with f’ups.