Mailing holiday cards? Avoid discount stamps
After a federal judge in Maryland sent a former Howard County postal clerk to prison for stealing $682,000 worth of stamps, federal authorities posted this warning:
"Anyone who buys stamps at a discount should be on notice that they are purchasing stolen property," U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said.
The defendant, 55-year-old Marvin Lamont Foster, had worked at the Elkridge Post Office for a decade. Now he's been sentenced to more than two years in prison, plus he's been ordered to pay $305,200 in restitution.
Foster was caught on hidden camera sneaking into the post office supply room several times last December, court documents say. Once, like a reverse Santa Claus, he was captured on film creeping in just after midnight. He left with a drawstring bag so full it "weighed [him] down."
Authorities said Foster sold the bricks of stamps to others who made money selling them at a discount. One alleged co-conspirator sold more than $259,000 worth of the stamps on eBay for about $229,000.
-- Maria Glod
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