ITHACA, N.Y.—Former United States Postal Service employee (USPS) Stephen Perrine is facing up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine after pleading guilty in federal court to stealing money orders during his shifts while working in Ithaca.

On Sept. 11, Perrine, of Kings Ferry, admitted in Syracuse federal court that he stole a total of $2,480 in 10 money orders from the USPS in Ithaca. Some of this included a $400 money order from Sept. 13, 2022 and a $200 money order from Nov. 15, 2022.

Perrine would issue the money orders to himself and file false justifications for the expenses. According to federal prosecutors, Perrine reported the $400 was used for local transport, while the $200 was used for office supplies, but those reasons were false.

Perrine’s will be sentenced on Dec. 13. Perrine was ordered to pay back the money to the USPS as part of his plea agreement.