Tuesday, August 07, 2001

Postal clerk indicted in missing $493,000




The Associated Press

        LOUISVILLE — A federal grand jury indicted a postal clerk, charging him with pocketing nearly $500,000 from Louisville's main post office, a prosecutor said Monday.

        Charles N. Norris, who worked as a window clerk at the post office, disappeared earlier this summer but turned himself in July 10 at the Federal Courthouse in downtown Louisville.

        The indictment accuses Mr. Norris, 59, of embezzlement of about $493,000 of postal service funds. Officials said earlier he al legedly pocketed funds from stamp sales.

        Mr. Norris is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 21 in Louisville, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Monica Wheatley.

        Until his arrest, Mr. Norris hadn't been seen or heard from since he called his wife, Debbie, on June 26, according to an affidavit filed in court earlier by U.S. Postal Inspector Robin Shipman.

        Mr. Norris had left a note that said he had been gambling regularly at riverboat casinos, the affidavit said. '

        The affidavit alleged Mr. Nor ris couldn't account for $493,170.89 in cash and stamps, and that he had given incorrect sales totals to managers “to conceal his activities.”

        Mr. Norris' supervisor, Bill Kavich, said Bank One had told him three bank deposits submitted by Mr. Norris in April contained discrepancies totaling $4,615, the affidavit said.

        A subsequent audit of cash assigned to Mr. Norris found that an additional $982 was missing. Mr. Kavich then conducted a more extensive audit, which found the shortfall of nearly $500,000.

       



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