A 51-year-old former postal worker from Freeland faces criminal charges in an alleged theft at the Hazleton Post Office.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced it filed a single count of misappropriation of postal funds against Diana Crisp on Wednesday. Crisp is accused of stealing not more than $1,000, according to a news release from the office.

Court papers state that between April 2010 and March 5, Crisp was employed at the Hazleton Post Office and "did wilfully and knowingly use, and convert to her own use, money and property coming into her hands and under her control in the execution of her office."

If convicted, the charge carries a potential maximum sentence of one year of imprisonment and $100,000 in fines.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Service's Office of Inspector General and Assistant U.S. Attorney John Gurganus has been assigned to prosecute the case.

In March, Special Agent Scott Balfour, public information officer with the Office of Inspector General in Cleveland, Ohio, told the Standard-Speaker that his office was investigating complaints from customers who never received passports for which they paid from the post office in Hazleton.

"We believe we have identified the person responsible for the complaints," Balfour said at the time but declined to comment further.

In an email to the Standard-Speaker dated Aug. 30, Balfour wrote that the U.S. Postal Service had suspended an employee believed to be responsible for the theft of passport fees at the Hazleton Post Office, and that the U.S. Attorney's Office was investigating.

On Wednesday, a representative of the U.S. Attorney's Office would not comment on whether Crisp was the employee being investigated for the missing passport fees.