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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Former employee to plead guilty in postal theft

  • A part-time employee at the Tappen post office says she will plead guilty to theft.
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  • A part-time employee at the Tappen post office says she will plead guilty to theft.
    Samantha Mittleider is charged in federal court with misappropriation of postal funds and false statements. Authorities say Mittleider stole money orders worth more than $1,100 between February and April 2013.
    The plea agreement says Mittleider also failed to disclose she was fired from a previous job for theft.
    A plea and sentencing hearing is scheduled Oct. 10 in Bismarck. The charge carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison.
    U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon says reports of postal thefts are increasing in North Dakota and it's important to prosecute cases even though the dollar amount may seem small.
    A spokesman with the federal public defender's office could not be reached for comment.

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