Woman pleads to stealing from Sprakers post office

ALBANY — A Schenectady County woman has pleaded guilty in Federal Court to stealing from her job at the United States Postal Service in Montgomery County.

Naisha Wiley, 34, pleaded guilty today to stealing $10,000 worth of money orders from her employer.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian; Eileen Neff, Special Agent in Charge of the Northeast Area for the USPS, Office of the Inspector General; and Inspector in Charge Shelly A. Binkowski, United States Postal Inspection Service, Boston Division.

In pleading guilty, Wiley admitted that while working part-time as a retail clerk in post offices in Montgomery County in 2016 and 2017, she stole USPS money orders with a total value of $10,000.

She also admitted to stealing gift cards out of the mail.

According to the complaint against her filed on March 21, Wiley was a part-time USPS sales and service clerk starting on Oct. 17, 2017 and worked at the retail window of the Sprakers Post Office.

“When she has done so, she has been the only sales and service/distribution clerk working at the Post Office, because it is so small,” the affidavit states.

According to the filing some of the money was taken on Feb. 2 and March 3. Video allegedly shows Wiley imprinting a money order without paying for it while working at the Sprakers Post Office. Imprinting the order allows it to be cashed at a Post Office “like someone signing a personal check.”

The videos allegedly showed Wiley placing the imprinted orders into what appeared to be personal papers and taking them with her at the end of the work day.

Wiley faces up to 10 years in prison, up to three years of post-imprisonment supervised release, and a maximum $250,000 fine when she is sentenced on October 10, 2017 by United States Judge Thomas J. McAvoy.

She may also be ordered to pay restitution to her victims.

A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.

This case was investigated by the USPS, Office of the Inspector General, and the United States Postal Inspection Service, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.

Kerry Minor can be reached at [email protected]

By Patricia Older

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