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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

By Maria Glod  |  December 2, 2009; 9:11 AM ET
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being Good Ol Elephant Plaze that has more pork and ineptness than Congress. Not one of those impersonators could even get a job as a spell checker in an M & M fa682,000 dollars is pocket change compared to the money taken by postal management for impersonating postal officials, if there were any type of positive morale in the system employees would have a better work ethic. Nobody in the postal management staff has anybody to answer to, it is not their money, it is not their business. The IG works for management and is only there to justify their own existance. When you see a management ratio of 6 to 1 like it is presently , it doesnt take a rocket sciencentist to realize the blatent waste especially right in the same neighborhood as the Washington Post, and that ctory.

Posted by: jivemano12068 | December 3, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

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