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Orwigsburg postmaster charged with false claims

SCRANTON, Pa. - Authorities say a former postmaster of the Orwigsburg Post Office in Schuylkill County has been charged with false, fictitious or fraudulent claims.

The charges were filed against Carl R. Bonser, 56, of Lehighton on May 2, 2017.

According to United States Attorney’s Office, from January 1, 2016 through October 31, 2016, Bonser falsely requested monetary compensation for travel that never occurred, causing a loss of $6,500.

Officials say Bonser intends to plead guilty to the charges when he appears in federal court for his arraignment.

The case was investigated by the United States Postal Service, Office of the Inspector General and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jenny P. Roberts.

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is 5 years behind bars, a term of supervised release after imprisonment, and a fine.

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