Western NY letter carrier admits stealing benefits

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Deborah Manning, 55, of Barker, N.Y. pleaded guilty to theft of government funds before U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott. The charge carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison, a fine of $100,000 or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell T. Ippolito, Jr., who is handling the case, stated that Manning, a rural carrier associate for the United States Postal Service, collected unemployment insurance benefits to which she was not entitled. Between March 12, 2007, and May 13, 2012, Manning fraudulently applied for unemployment insurance benefits on 38 separate occasions. The defendant failed to report income earned from the United States Postal Service in order to qualify for and receive unemployment insurance benefits. In total, Manning stole $8,992.75 in unemployment insurance benefits.