Jail for postmaster who stole $59k in stamps
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.
| December 7, 2010; 7:05 AM ET
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