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Published April 26 2010

Duluth Snyder employee accused of stealing from postal station

Snyder store owner Scott Sommer said an audit was conducted after he reported the shortfall to the postal service.

By: Mark Stodghill, Duluth News Tribune

A 30-year-old Superior woman is accused of stealing nearly $30,000 while working at the U.S. Postal Service substation in the Snyder Super Stop in the Holiday Center.

Amanda Lynn Brown was indicted by a grand jury earlier this month and arraigned on April 19 on one count of misappropriation of postal funds. The indictment alleges that Brown converted to her own personal use $26,946.60.

She has pleaded not guilty and is free on her own recognizance. Her next court appearance is scheduled for May 10. She couldn’t be reached for comment Monday.

Brown is being represented by Duluth defense attorney Richard Holmstrom. “I’ve spoken to my client a number of times and she denies taking any money and we hope to prevail at trial,” Holmstrom said. “It was apparent that somebody was stealing money and it wasn’t her. She was the fall guy.”

Snyder store owner Scott Sommer said he reported the shortfall to the postal service 1½ to 2 years ago. An audit was conducted. Sommer said he fired Brown in September of 2008, after she worked for his store for eight or nine years, primarily in the post office.

“She was a good employee up until about the last six months,” Sommer said. “I think that’s when about all of the theft occurred, but I don’t know for sure.”

A trial is scheduled for June 21 before Judge David Doty in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.