Pennsylvania Window Clerk Pleads Guilty To Theft Of Postal Funds

SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that a Luzerne County woman pleaded guilty on April 17, 2017, before United States District Judge Robert D. Mariani to misappropriating postal funds from the U.S. Post Office in Dallas, Pennsylvania.

According to U.S. Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Carol Sosik, age 55, of Shavertown, Luzerne County, admitted to embezzling approximately $4,600 from the Dallas Post Office between June 2014 and May 2016. Sosik was employed at the Dallas Post Office as a distribution window clerk, with responsibility for sales of postage stamps.

Sosik will appear for sentencing before Judge Mariani in Scranton on a date which has not yet been scheduled.

This matter was investigated by the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert J. O’Hara.

A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

The maximum penalty under federal law is 10 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.