Rural Alaska postal worker receives prison sentence for theft of cash from packages

A former postmaster in the Yupik village of Emmonak was sentenced Wednesday in federal court to four months in prison and ordered to pay restitution for her admitted theft of $174,000 in cash from registered-mail packages.

Sharon Andrews, a 20-year Postal Service employee, entered guilty pleas to four counts of theft from mail at the hearing in Anchorage, according to U.S. District Court records.

The southwestern village of Emmonak, home to 755 Alaskans, is located at the mouth of the Yukon River 10 miles from the Bering Sea. Many residents practice subsistence lifestyles, or commercial fishing and processing.

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