April 27, 2017

Former Blackstone postmaster pleads guilty to embezzling $31K

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Carlitos Molina, a former postmaster of the U.S. Postal Service in Blackstone and Jefferson, pleaded guilty to one count of misappropriating postal funds.

The former postmaster of the U.S. Postal Service Post Offices in Blackstone and Jefferson pleaded guilty on Wednesday in federal court on charges that he stole approximately $31,000 from the postal service through money orders.

Carlitos Molina, 36, pleaded guilty to one count of misappropriating postal funds. While he was serving as postmaster, Molina stole 65 Postal money orders worth approximately $31,000 in total and used them to pay for personal things, specifically, his mortgage, water, cable, and electricity bills, back taxes, car repairs, and to a collections agency.

He lied when he was confronted about it, saying he was actually using some of the money orders to pay for the repairs to the post office itself, according to a press release from the office of Acting U.S. Attorney William D. Weinreb.

A sentencing is set for July 20. Molina faces up to 10 years in prison, with three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine, although actual sentences are typically less than federal maximum penalties.

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