Fill-in Holton postmaster convicted of pilfering funds

HOLTON, Mich. (WZZM) – A substitute postmaster convicted of pocketing money from the Holton post office in Muskegon County was sentenced Tuesday to probation and was ordered to pay back the money she took.

Tara M. Clay was working as a fill-in postmaster at the Holton post office, where she took postal funds from 2013 through May 2014, according to misdemeanor information filed in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids.

Postal inspectors in May noted a discrepancy in funds, which includes cash and stamp stock. She resigned from the postal service after being interviewed by investigators.

Criminal charges were filed in August. Clay in October pleaded guilty to misappropriation of postal funds, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in federal prison and a $100,000 fine.

U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Phillip Green placed her on two years' probation and ordered Clay to pay $2,523 in restitution. She was also given a $500 fine.


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