- Associated Press - Friday, December 16, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A New York state prison employee has admitted stealing a $300 money order that was sent to an inmate.

The state inspector general’s office says 59-year-old Carole Kozak of Perrysburg was working as a mail clerk at the Gowanda Correctional Facility outside Buffalo in January when she intercepted the money order sent by an inmate’s father. Investigators say Kozak altered the money order and used the money to pay a credit card bill.

Kozak pleaded guilty in Erie County Court Thursday to a misdemeanor count of criminal possession of a forged instrument. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 22.

Authorities say internal disciplinary charges by the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision are pending.

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