Prison for Portland postal worker in fund theft

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland postal worker who took $135,000 in postal funds blamed a gambling addiction when she was sentenced in federal court to a year-and-a-half in prison.

Lavon Mendoza-Cruz also must pay restitution.

The Oregonian reports the 43-year-old pleaded guilty in February to a charge of misappropriation of postal funds. She took about 200 checks over a three-year period.

Mendoza-Cruz apologized in court for letting down her family and co-workers. She said she started gambling for entertainment and it became an obsession.

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