PA postal clerk admits misappropriating more than $12,000

WILLIAMSPORT – A former postal clerk in Snyder County has admitted she misappropriated more than $12,000 over a three-year period beginning in August 2015.

Alyssa Howe, 31, of Bloomsburg, made the admission Thursday when she pleaded guilty in U.S. Middle District Court to a charge of misappropriation of postal funds. She remains free pending sentencing.

Howe’s misuse of funds at the Kreamer Post Office was discovered in late July 2018 after a $550 shortage was discovered, Assistant U.S. Attorney George J. Rocktashel said.

A few days later Howe claimed she found a check for $550 she had overlooked, he said.

Because other shortages had been detected, an audit was performed and an electronic image of that check was retrieved, he said.

Investigators discovered the check had been written by Howe and it had bounced, he said.

Howe, who had declared bankruptcy in 2017, admitted taking money from her drawer, writing money orders to pay her creditors and replacing the cash when she got paid.

The loss was determined to be $3,701 but Howe also wrote out money orders totaling $9,222 and later replaced the money, Rocktashel said.

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