A U.S. Postal Service worker has been accused of stealing a money order sent through the Hardwick, Vermont Post Office.
Desiree Martin, 29, of Hardwick, pleaded not guilty Monday in Caledonia Superior Court to felony identity theft and misdemeanor false pretenses and was released on the conditions that she not abuse or harass the alleged victim in the case – Hardwick resident June Draper.
Martin is accused of stealing a $556 money order after it was mailed by Draper and cashing it in August of 2019.
U.S. Postal Inspector Christine Miller told police that Drapers’ money order was purchased at and sent from the Hardwick Post Office at 52 Mill Street and that both transactions were handled by Martin – who has since resigned from the U.S. Postal Service.
Martin told police during the investigation that she was “apparently stupid” for how she handled the transaction.
If convicted of both charges Martin faces a possible sentence of up four years in prison and $6,000 in fines.