Ex-postal leader in Houston gets prison for theft

May 3, 2011 7:50:46 AM PDT
A former postal worker's leader in Houston is going to prison for faking hotel receipts after Hurricane Katrina and stealing union funds. A federal judge sentenced 48-year-old Frankie Sanders to 1 1/2 years behind bars after he was convicted of theft of more than $10,000. Sanders also must repay the American Postal Workers Union.

Prosecutors on Tuesday said an audit led to 13 false hotel receipts during a six-month period following Hurricane Katrina, which hit in August 2005. Sanders was a postal union regional coordinator and was assigned to assist with hurricane-related issues in New Orleans.

Investigators determined some hotels, on the dated receipts submitted by Sanders, had storm damage and were closed.

No date was set for Sanders, who's free on bond, to report to prison.

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