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Posted at 7:05 AM ET, 12/ 7/2010

Jail for postmaster who stole $59k in stamps

By Maria Glod

A former Charles County postmaster was sentenced to nine months in prison on Monday for stealing more than $59,000 worth of stamps, federal officials in Maryland said.

It all started in November 2009 when Gilbert Ennis, 56, then postmaster for the Marbury Post office, called sheriff's officials to report that a gunman came inside the post office, demanded he open the safe and then ordered him to go into the bathroom, federal officials said.

Ennis told authorities that a green box containing stamps worth more than $50,000 was missing.

But Ennis's story soon began to crumble, officials said. The door Ennis said the robber entered was deadbolted and couldn't have been opened from the outside without a key. Ennis said he saw the robber leave the parking lot, but authorities said he wouldn't have been able to see that from the bathroom. And investigators found a green box in Ennis' car.

A postal audit concluded that the amount of stamp stock stolen from the safe was $57,989.40. Authorities said an additional $1,968.81 had been stolen from a drawer.

U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus also ordered that Ennis will have to pay restitution of $59,958.21 that will be taken from his federal retirement account.

Ennis has resigned from the U.S. Postal Service.

By Maria Glod  | December 7, 2010; 7:05 AM ET
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Where did the stamps go?

Posted by: blasmaic | December 7, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

What an idiot!

Posted by: ceefer66 | December 7, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Crack is whack!

Posted by: linroy62 | December 7, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

If he stole those Forever Liberty Bell (fixed first class value) stamps, by the time he retires, those stamps may well be worth $118,000.00 WHERE are the stamps?

Posted by: goodblackpipe | December 7, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

why does he still have a federal retirement account. It should have been taken from him, the government needs the equivelent of a dishonorable discharge and loss of benifits.

Posted by: WhatBubble | December 7, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

He'll lay down for 9 months and take his sweet time repaying that money back. Sounds like a sweet plea agreement to me.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | December 7, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

we still have to pay his federal retirement??

And nine months seems a little low for someone that betrays the public trust in such a way.

I don't see justice being done here.

We suffer from lousy inept prosecutors.

Posted by: Jaymand | December 7, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

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