MT. PLEASANT, MI – On Friday, Oct 23, 2009, former postal worker and direct mail technician Bobbie J. Sinko, appealed her 33 month sentence for Federal fraud and embezzlement charges. Sinko is the 53 year old bulk mail technician who worked at the Mount Pleasant Post Office from 2004 to 2007. During this time she and 49 year old Matthew E. English, conspired to defraud the U.S. Postal Service.
English is the owner of English Direct Mail Services who prepared bulk mail for the post office. Authorities have stated that Sinko manipulated postal records so that bulk mail shipped free from Central Michigan University.
Sinko was convicted and received 31 fraud-related and embezzlement counts on which a jury delivered guilty verdicts earlier this year in March.
U.S. Attorney Terrence Berg stated that the amount involved was in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
On Tuesday, Oct 20, U.S. District Judge Thomas L. Ludington sentenced Sinko 33 months for each of 31 fraud-related and embezzlement counts on guilty verdicts delivered by a jury. Sinko was ordered by the judge to serve the sentences concurrently.
In addition to her prison sentence, Judge Ludington ordered Sinko to pay restitution in the amount of $354,498. She was also ordered to surrender her $6,000 retirement account toward the sum.
Court records show that English pleaded guilty to 33 counts of conspiring to defraud the Postal Service in October 2008. In February, English received a 24 month prison sentence from Ludington who also ordered him to pay restitution of $428,559.