FARGO – A U.S. Postal Service manager in Fargo is accused of stealing $700 in cash from a bank deposit envelope accidentally dropped into a mail collection box.

Andrea Marie Eberhardt, distribution operations manager at the downtown Fargo post office, was charged Monday in Cass County District Court with felony theft.

On Dec. 9, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service received a report that a local customer mistakenly put a Wells Fargo deposit envelope that held $700 into a mail collection box. A postal employee found the envelope and gave it to Eberhardt, according to an investigation report.

On Dec. 10, postal inspectors interviewed Eberhardt, and she admitted she stole the envelope and the money inside, saying she still had $500 of the cash in her truck, the report stated.

"Eberhardt could provide no reason as to why she took the money and said it was a mistake and that she was not thinking," the report stated. "Eberhardt said she did not need the money as she had over $7,000 in her bank account."

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Reached by phone Monday, Eberhardt said she was not aware that a felony charge had been filed against her. She referred all questions to her attorney, Cash Aaland, who declined to comment on the case.

Fargo Postmaster Greg Johnson said Eberhardt has been a USPS employee for about 10 years. She has been placed on paid administrative leave until an internal investigation is completed, USPS spokesman Peter Nowacki said in an email.

Eberhardt, 35, of Moorhead is scheduled to be arraigned in court March 31.