- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A former postal worker from Memphis who prosecutors say took prescription painkillers from packages intended for veterans has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

The U.S. attorney’s office said in a news release Friday that 50-year-old Patricia F. Baker was also ordered to spend three years on supervised release, forfeit $4,000 and pay $2,720 restitution.

Baker was indicted in March on 21 counts, and she pleaded guilty in July to one count of mail destruction, one count of mail embezzlement and one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.

Prosecutors said Postal Service Office of Inspector General agents investigated complaints about missing parcels and that Baker told agents she had stolen pain medication and electronics. The news release said a search of Baker’s home recovered electronics and Veterans Administration prescription medications.



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