By Sarah Willets firstname.lastname@example.org
February 21, 2014
FAIRMONT — A post office employee arrested by Fairmont police after they discovered she had cashed a customer’s rent check, nearly causing that person to be evicted, according to Chief Danny Parker.
After detaining 41-year-old Loretta Lynn Griffin at the North Walnut Street branch, police escorted her to the police station and arrested her at about 1 p.m. Friday, Parker said.
Griffin, who has worked at the branch for several years, is charged with obtaining property by false pretense, felony forgery of an instrument and felony larceny of chose in action.
According to Parker, Fairmont resident Victoria Luna-Gutierrez came into the post office on Oct. 29 to purchase a $500 money order to pay her rent. She gave the sealed money order to Griffin, who said she would put it in the mail, Parker said.
“The clerk then took the money order behind the counter, opened the lady’s mail, removed the money order, signed the money order and then cashed the money order,” Parker said.
Gutierrez realized her money order had never been mailed when her rental company began evicting her. Gutierrez reported the missing check to the post office, and after months of no response, filed a report with the Fairmont police on Jan. 2.
Fairmont police then began their investigation by tracking the money order, Parker said.
Bond for Griffin, who lives on Lola Road, was set at $3,000.