Former Postmaster Sentenced To Probation

BUFFALO – The former Frewsburg postmaster who was charged with pocketing more than $14,000 in U.S. Postal Service money was sentenced Wednesday to 2 years of probation and 6 months of home detention with electronic monitoring.

Donna Spencer, a Falconer resident who served 14 years as the Frewsburg postmaster, will also make restitution of the stolen amount-$14,023.50.

Spencer had pleaded guilty to misappropriation of postal funds by a postal service employee in February before Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. At the time of her guilty plea the charge carried a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell T. Ippolito Jr., who handled the case, said that Spencer had been employed by the United States Postal Service since 1986.

As Frewsburg postmaster between Feb. 13, 1999, and July 19, 2013, Spencer accepted cash payments from customers for the purchase of postage stamps. Instead of depositing the cash payments into the register, the defendant kept the cash for her own purposes.

An audit of the Frewsburg facility determined that the total loss amount was $14,023.50.