A woman has admitted to stealing over $50,000 from the Postal Service in order to support her heroin addiction.
Andrea Lynch, 30, admitted embezzling the money in U.S. District Court in Syracuse, pleading guilty of misappropriation of postal funds.
She has worked at several different post office branches, including the Theresa, Fishers Landing, and LaFargeville offices.
She confessed that, while an employee, she was stealing money orders. Lynch embezzled over 200 money orders, adding up to a total more than $50,000.
Lynch admitted that she had a heroin problem, and went on the say that the reason for her stealing the money orders, was to support her addiction.
According to authorities, Lynch had been the focus of an ongoing investigation, which was opened in August of 2010 after authorities reviewed records from Theresa Post Office. A red flag went up after multiple reports of money orders being processed after the date they were cashed.
Lynch’s sentencing is set for November 9, and she could be facing up to 10 years in prison. She could also be looking at a $250,000 fine, and 3 years of probation.
It’s clear that in this case, someone will go to any links to support an addiction. If a person gets away with something the first time, the more likely they are to continue until they get caught. Once the drug gets a hold of someone, they will sacrifice their own freedom to continue to feed the craving. It’s true what they say, “one is too many, and a thousand is never enough.”
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Original article wwnytv.com
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