Virginia clerk found guilty of theft


Patricia J. Zelaya-Christman, until recently a U.S. Postal Service clerk in the town of Washington, Virginia, was found guilty of petit larceny (thefts of under $200) in Rappahannock County District Court on March 13. She was sentenced to 30 days in jail, all suspended, and 12 months of unsupervised probation.

Zelaya-Christman, of Front Royal, was a familiar face behind the postal counter in what is zip code 22747. She was arrested by the United States Postal Inspection Service on charges of stealing money from the post office on Main Street.

At the time of her arraignment in January, according to one source, authorities were investigating whether Zelaya-Christman might have been involved in previous thefts from the town’s post office.

Source: Conflict of interest and trespass in Circuit Court – Rappahannock News