Former Ponca City postal employee faces embezzlement chargeAugust 9, 2019 | Courts|Featured
NEWKIRK — Ponca City resident Garrett Franklin Arnold, 57, is facing a felony charge of embezzlement filed by the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector on Aug. 1.
Special Agent Gregory Laffin reports that he initiated an investigation on Jan. 24, 2017, after the Ponca City Post Office showed a stamp shortage financial loss of $9,361.22 between Jan. 1, 2016 and Nov. 6, 2018.
During that time, Arnold was reportedly employed as a sales and service associate retail clerk and entrusted with stamps, cash refunds, money orders, and other items. Laffin reports finding stamp void transactions on Arnold’s terminal, and that the repeated presence of these transactions are common indicator of clerk fraud. A surveillance camera was installed to observe Arnold’s transactions.
Laffin reports 19 incidents between Jan. 5 and July 13, 2018 were captured on video, showing customers receiving stamps for cash and Arnold voiding the transaction, executing the “No Sale” function to open his cash drawer and make change for the voided sale.
On Nov. 2, 2018, USPS-OIG Special Agent David Wisely conducted an audio-record interview with Arnold who reportedly admitted to embezzling USPS retail funds. Laffin reports a complete analysis of Arnold’s retail clerk data stored on a database showed Arnold embezzled $6,852.45 between Feb. 2, 2016 and Nov. 1, 2018. Arnold was booked in the county jail on Aug. 2 and released on a $2,500 own recognizance bond.
He is scheduled for a status docket on Oct. 18.