Judge criticizes Postal Service job screening process after sentencing postmaster relief to prison

6/6/17 WILLIAMSPORT –  – A federal judge wants the U.S. Postal Service to do a better job of screening prospective employees.|

 U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew W. Brann on Tuesday told Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean A. Camoni to advise the Postal Service its screening process should go back more than five years.

The judge voiced his opinion after sentencing Lisa Belawske, 52, of Canton, to four months in prison followed by two years’ probation.

She had pleaded guilty in February for misappropriating $12,322 while postmaster in relief in Sylvania, Bradford County, between October 2105 and June 2016.

The thefts occurred by cashing 66 postal money orders and taking cash.

Had the Postal Service done a better job of screening it would have discovered Belawske had five prior convictions for fraudulent activity in Bradford County and Colorado, he said.

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US Attorney’s Office press release

Canton Woman Charged With Misappropriation Of Postal Funds

WILLIAMSPORT – 2/6/17 – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Lisa Belawske, age 53, of Canton, Pennsylvania, was charged today in a criminal information with misappropriation of postal funds by a postal employee.

According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, the information alleges that Belawske misappropriated over $12,000 between October 2015 and June 2016.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Service, Office of the Inspector General. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean A. Camoni is prosecuting the case.

Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

6 thoughts on “Judge criticizes Postal Service job screening process after sentencing postmaster relief to prison

  1. Looks like someone gave her the keys to fail from the get go. The types of people who Mgt. is hiring are only here for a short time. They might as well try to get what the rest of us “old tymers” (30+ years) are getting!

  2. She was probably related to some toolbag in Management.
    This stuff goes on all the time. The PO is so desperate for
    help that they are hiring anything that breathes and can walk
    at the same time. The end is near. Get out while you can. The
    hand is nearing the flusher and its about to go down the bowl.

  3. We have the worst Management in a Workforce …..they don’t do their jobs in hiring the right good Morals & values +++ work ethics! They don’t weed out the bad! Never in all the places I’ve worked seen where they reward the bad and punish the good…..sad !

  4. It is my sad duty to inform the readers the folks committing these and other postal related crimes never would’ve qualified for a Postal Appointment in the years gone by.
    These new employees are handling more money then ever seen, and responsible for even more. The life some lives will not afford an opportunity not to take whats not theirs.

  5. Well, screening people isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but I agree that management should go back more than five years, considering the increasing amount of stories we’re reading of embezzlement, drug dealing, and other offenses. A look at one article posted here tells of a manager, supervisor and craft worker (employee) for stealing and selling drugs from packages, most likely VA medicine as it is the most commonly shipped legal drug. But that means they’re getting oxycontin, hydrocodone, other very strong pain meds for people suffering from terrible illnesses like cancer and the after effects of chemotherapy. Then one of them acts as a mule and distributes the stolen drugs while those depending on it don’t get what they desperately depend on.
    This is a very sick and criminal thing to do, and to think it’s a station manager, supervisor and a craft worker is repulsive. Screening won’t always stop this kind of shit because they probably didn’t start their thieving until after getting hired on. If found guilty, I hope they all get long prison terms.

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