BANGOR, Maine — A Gardiner woman was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to three years of probation and ordered to pay nearly $1,400 in restitution for stealing money in 2008 while working at a Kennebec County post office.
Rachel Marie Walter, 21, was indicted by a federal grand jury in March. She pleaded guilty in April to misappropriation of postal funds while working as the relief postmaster in South Gardiner.
She used the money that she took between May and August 2008 to pay personal bills, according to court documents.
The theft was discovered last fall by a U.S. postal inspector after unreported money orders Walter had written to herself cleared the Federal Reserve Bank. Walter admitted to the inspector that she recorded the sale of one of the money orders to herself 13 days after she issued it to herself to pay bills.
Walter faced up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.