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Former postmaster from Clayton ordered to repay $51,162 stolen from U.S. Postal Service

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A Clayton woman was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to nine months in jail and ordered to pay $51,162 in restitution for embezzling money from the U.S. Postal Service while working as postmaster at several facilities.

Andrea L. Lynch, 30, pleaded guilty June 25 to misappropriation of postal funds. She admitted that while working at post offices in Theresa, Fishers Landing and LaFargeville, she embezzled 213 money orders totaling $51,162 without purchasing or processing any of the money orders through the St. Louis Federal Reserve, in violation of U.S. Code.

The U.S. attorney’s office said the investigation into Ms. Lynch’s activities began in August 2010 when special agents with the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General reviewed records from the Theresa post office as a result of numerous money orders being processed after the date they were cashed. The U.S. attorney’s office said Ms. Lynch admitted using the money orders to support a heroin addiction.

She awaits sentencing Nov. 19 in Jefferson County Court for Sept. 17 guilty pleas to fourth-degree grand larceny and third-degree unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine. She admitted that between Sept. 1 and 11, 2011, she stole more than $1,000 from her employer, Sunnybank Restaurant, Cape Vincent. She also admitted that on Jan. 23 or 24, 2011, she possessed pseudoephedrine, lithium, ammonia nitrate and other items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine at her residence at 37820 Deferno Road.

She is expected to be sentenced in that case to an unspecified amount of time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation. A codefendant in the drug case, Hugh J. Broadbent, 28, Watertown, pleaded guilty March 14 in County Court to second-degree criminal possession of methamphetamine-making materials, admitting that he possessed items used for the manufacture of methamphetamine at Ms. Lynch’s home. He was sentenced May 2 to a year in the PSB.

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