BANGOR, Maine — A Greenbush woman was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to three years of probation on one count of misappropriation of postal funds that occurred while she worked as a relief postmaster in her hometown.
Nichole M. Dumond, 34, waived indictment in April and pleaded guilty to stealing more than $4,000 to deal with her “ongoing tax problems” and to pay her bills, according to the prosecution’s version of events, to which she pleaded guilty.
In addition to probation, Dumond was ordered to pay $4,156 in restitution.
By pleading guilty, Dumond admitted that between Nov. 20, 2012, and Jan. 4, 2013, she did not report the sale of 17 money orders. Instead, she “converted the money she received from postal customers from money orders and postage stamps for her own personal use,” the prosecution version of events said.
Conditions of her probation include a requirement that she find a job or do 20 hours of community service a week, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney James Moore, who prosecuted the case.
Before sentencing, Dumond was free on $5,000 unsecured bail.
Dumond faced up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Under the prevailing federal sentencing guidelines, the recommended jail term was up to six months.
The investigation was conducted by the Office of Inspector General of the United States Postal Service, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.