FARGO - A U.S. Postal Service manager in Fargo has pleaded guilty to stealing $700 in cash from a bank deposit envelope that was accidentally dropped in a mail collection box.
Andrea Marie Eberhardt, 35, of Moorhead was initially charged with felony theft. She entered a plea to a reduced charge of misdemeanor theft and was sentenced Monday, Aug. 15, in Cass County District Court.
Judge Susan Bailey ordered Eberhardt to spend a year on unsupervised probation and to pay $300 in fees.
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, who was the distribution operations manager at the downtown Fargo post office, 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."
Eberhardt, a USPS employee for about 10 years, was placed on paid administrative leave during an internal investigation. It's unclear whether that investigation is complete and whether she's still a postal employee. A USPS spokesman was unable to answer those questions Monday.