Louisiana postal worker pleads guilty to stealing more than $6,000

ALEXANDRIA, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a Cottonport woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing more than $6,000 from the Effie Post Office.

uspsoigChelsa Dobison, 26, of Cottonport, La., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell to one count of issuing fraudulent money orders. According to the guilty plea, Dobison was an employee of the Post Office in Effie, La. From January 2016 to April 2016, she issued $6,631.55 in money orders to herself without prepaying for them. This caused a financial loss to the Post Office. She resigned her position in April of 2016.

Dobison faces five years in prison, three years supervised release, restitution and a $250,000 fine. A sentencing date of January 26, 2017 was set.

The U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary J. Mudrick is prosecuting the case.