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Post office audit leads to clerk's dismissal

The private contractor at the Masaryktown office is let go after an internal investigation finds that between $2,000 and $4,000 is missing.


© St. Petersburg Times, published May 2, 2000

MASARYKTOWN -- Residents who use the Masaryktown post office will have to do without window service for the next few weeks.

U.S. Postal Service officials are looking for a new clerk to run the office, at 399 Broad St., after firing the most recent contractor.

Bridgett Sheperd was let go after a routine audit revealed that between $2,000 and $4,000 was missing from office coffers, said officials with the Postal Investigation Service.

Postmaster Tom Magilligan said Monday that he fired Sheperd on April 24 after receiving the results of the internal investigation.

She was not a postal employee but ran the Masaryktown branch on a contract basis. He declined to give details on how or why the money came up missing.

Officials said the department will not press charges because Sheperd has agreed to reimburse the postal service.

But until a new clerk can be found, residents will not be able to buy stamps or send certified mail, Magilligan said. However, the 100 people who rent mail boxes at the office will continue to receive their mail.

Officials said Sheperd had worked at the office since August, after winning a contract bid for the position.

Sheperd declined to comment.

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