Former postmaster sentenced for theft of postal funds

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An Export man who stole more than $13,000 from the Rural Valley post office when he was postmaster there faces two and a half years of probation, including six months of house arrest, following his sentencing today.

Lawrence F. Stoken III, 47, pleaded guilty to misappropriation of postal funds.

"So, you get along well?" U.S. District Judge David S. Cercone asked Tammy Stoken, the defendant's wife.

"Yes," she answered.

"Good, because he's going to be in the house a lot for the next six months," the judge said.

The judge allowed Stoken to leave the house to work his new job, cleaning drains.

Stoken, an army veteran, has already paid back $13,255 of the money he took from 2011 to 2013 from the post office, and brought a check for the remaining $482.

He took money paid by customers for stamps and money orders.

Rich Lord: or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.

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