- Associated Press - Thursday, April 27, 2017

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A former Massachusetts postmaster has pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing more than $30,000 in government funds.

The Telegram & Gazette (https://bit.ly/2qiZv5B ) reports that 36-year-old Carlitos Molina converted 65 post office money orders into cash for himself in 2015.

Federal prosecutors say the money orders came from post office funds and not customers. The post office has a system that allows employees to use money orders to pay for office expenses, but prosecutors say Molina abused the system to pay his own debts.

He pleaded guilty to misappropriation of postal funds, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. Molina, former postmaster in Blackstone and Holden, and his lawyer agreed to a plea deal, but the details of the agreement were not released.

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