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USPS worker from Cayuga County sentenced for embezzling money orders while working in Ithaca

Stephen Perrine, a 40-year-old former employee of the United States Postal Service (USPS) from King Ferry has been sentenced to a year of probation for stealing money orders. The sentencing was announced by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Special Agent in Charge Matthew Modafferi of the USPS Office of Inspector General, Northeast Area Field Office.

Perrine had previously pleaded guilty to the charges, admitting to the theft of 10 money orders totaling $2,480 while employed at the USPS in Ithaca.


The specifics of Perrine’s theft included issuing money orders to himself and fabricating false justifications in the USPS accounting system. For instance, he acknowledged stealing and cashing a $400 money order in September 2022, falsely recording it as payment for “local transport.” In a similar case, he admitted to stealing a $200 money order in November 2022, fraudulently documenting it as payment for “office supplies.”

As part of his sentence, Perrine is required to pay full restitution of $2,480 to the USPS. He resigned from his position with the USPS following the charges. The case was investigated by the USPS Office of Inspector General and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael F. Perry.