ATLANTA - A former postal service employee from Cumming was sentenced to six months in prison Wednesday for stealing more than $30,000 in government funds.
According to United States Attorney Yates, 44-year-old Kevin Welch, a contracting officer with fiscal responsibility with the U.S. Postal Service, engaged in two schemes to defraud the U.S. Postal Service.
Yates said from April 2010 to December 2010, he used Government-issued credit cards, originally issued to other employees and turned over to Welch in his role at the U.S. Postal Service, and he purchased over $19,000 in luxury gifts for himself and his family. Welch used the credit cards to purchase the gifts through online retailers, which included a golf cart and boat motor.
In the second scheme, from August 2010 to December 2010, he created fraudulent contracts and paid money to his personal commercial repair and renovation business for services that his company did not complete. Officials said Welch took money left unused on other valid contracts that was to pay for the completion of construction work at the Decatur Main Post Office and the Warner Robins Post Office.
Yates said Welch was also ordered to pay $32,577 in restitution. Welch pleaded guilty to the charges on November 3, 2011.