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Festus Postmaster Sentenced To 2 years For Scheme

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The postmaster of the suburban St. Louis town of Festus has been sentenced to two years in prison for her role in a scheme that defrauded the Postal Service of nearly $4 million.

Teresa Tremusini was convicted in June of two counts of receiving illegal gratuities. She was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis.

The owner of SG Print & Mail, an employee of that business and another Postal employee previously entered guilty pleas in the $3.8 million scheme.

Federal prosecutors say Robert Scott Gray defrauded the Postal Service by falsely claiming stamps were used on bulk mailings and by concealing documentation of mailings from the Postal Service to avoid payment.

Authorities say Gray paid Tremusini $20,000 in return for the approval of bulk mail postal forms.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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