NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A former U.S. postal worker accused of stealing cash from money orders and embezzling union funds has pleaded guilty to mail theft.

Federal prosecutors say 50-year-old Michael Martin was working as a mail clerk in Norwalk when he stole more than $11,000 through schemes involving money orders. After selling money orders to customers in some cases, he allegedly intercepted mail and threw the money orders away.

He also was accused of embezzling nearly $9,000 in union funds while serving as a union president.

The U.S. attorney’s office says the Bridgeport man pleaded guilty Wednesday in New Haven to one count of mail theft by a postal service employee. He faces a maximum prison term of five years and a fine of up to $250,000.

     (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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