A former postal clerk at two post offices in Ashley County received five years probation and ordered to repay nearly $22,000 that she admitted stealing while working at post offices in Parkdale and Wilmot.

Shannon Nicole Wilson pleaded guilty in May to misappropriation of funds. She was sentenced on September 25, in federal court in El Dorado before U.S. District Judge Susan O. Hickey.

In a plea agreement with the federal government, Wilson said she took the funds between September 6, 2016, and January 11, 2017. She was fired on January 11, 2017.

The customer service windows at the Parkdale and Wilmot post offices were open only a few hours each day. As her job duties, Wilson traveled between Parkdale and Wilmot each day to assist customers. She was also required to submit daily financial reports of sales, mostly money orders, stamps and other supplies, according to the plea agreement.

Wilson’s reports contained a number of discrepancies. Some money orders that were reported as void were found to have been cashed. Others that were reported as sold were cashed for larger amounts. And, other cashed money orders were not reported. The federal government said Wilson used the money order funds for her own use.

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