Postal Employee Sisters Sentenced For Pocketing Thousands

BUFFALO – Two postal employees, who are also sisters, were sentenced to two years of probation Thursday for pocketing thousands of customer dollars used to purchase stamps.

According to U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr., 35-year-old Amanda Elliott of Ellington, and 30-year-old Tamara Elliott of Falconer, were postmaster reliefs at the Lily Dale and Ellington post offices, respectively.

Between December 2012 and Sept. 5, 2013, Amanda Elliott accepted cash payments from customers who were purchasing stamps. Instead of depositing the money into the cash register, she kept the money for personal use.

Tamara Elliott committed the same crime during the same time period. She also rented post office boxes and sold money orders to customers, keeping the cash payments for herself.

Amanda Elliott, along with her probation sentence, was ordered to pay $5,579 in restitution. Tamara Elliott’s sentence included three months of home confinement along with her probation. She was ordered to pay restitution totaling $11,326.86.

The sentences were handed down by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny in Buffalo.

Both Elliott sisters pleaded guilty to misappropriation of postal service funds by postal service employee before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie G. Foschio in May.