May 2, 2012 8:04 AM by AP

Ex-postal worker pleads guilty to theft

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A former U.S. Postal Service worker has pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing money from the Jefferson Street Post Office in Lafayette.

Between July 2009 and February 2010, court documents say Natalie Thomas stole between $1,000 and $17,662 while working at a retail service window.

During a plea hearing Monday, Thomas admitted to fraudulently issuing and cashing money orders and taking unreported money while working at the retail service window.

The Advocatereports the U.S. Attorney's Office charged Thomas in February with one count of theft of money from an agency of the United States.

She faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and a $250,000 fine.


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