BENTON – A federal grand jury for the Southern District of Illinois Tuesday returned an indictment charging a Cobden woman for embezzling mail.
According to a press release, 33-year-old Athens A. Shorey – also known as “Athens A. DeMartini”- worked as a letter carrier for the Carbondale Post Office. The indictment charges that on May 23 and on May 27 of this year, she embezzled mail entrusted to her for delivery. According to the indictment, Shorey embezzled ten pieces of mail on May 23 and three additional pieces of mail on May 27.
The indictment charges that two of the three pieces of mail embezzled on May 27 were sent by banks. After the alleged embezzlements were discovered, Shorey voluntarily resigned from her position with the Postal Service.
Additionally, the indictment contains two counts of embezzlement of mail by a Postal Service employee. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
The arraignment for Shorey is September 28 at the federal courthouse in Benton.