Ex-Vanceboro postmaster pleads guilty to theft

Posted March 19, 2009, at 10:07 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 10:43 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The former Vanceboro postmaster pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to misappropriation of postal funds.

Joy Gillis, 55, of Danforth admitted that she stole more than $4,000 in postal funds.

Gillis, who worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 19 years, admitted in July that she used the money to pay gambling debts and overdue bills. She told investigators that she also used some of the money to pay her nephew’s bail.

She resigned when confronted with the theft, according to court documents.

Gillis quickly repaid about $2,240 of the $4,166 she pleaded guilty to stealing.

She remains free on personal recognizance bail.

Gillis faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. She also could be ordered to pay restitution.

A sentencing date has not been set.

In an unrelated case, a Gardiner woman has been indicted for taking more than $1,400 when she worked as relief postmaster last year in South Gardiner.

Rachel Marie Walter, 21, was indicted on the charge of misappropriation of postal funds last week by a federal grand jury in Bangor.

She is scheduled to be arraigned on March 26 in federal court in Bangor.

If convicted, Walter faces the same sentence and fine as Gillis.

jharrison@bangordailynews.net

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