Former postmaster going to prison for stealing funds

LAWTONS, N.Y. (WIVB) – A former postmaster who stole more than $25,000 will spend the next six months in federal prison.

While working at the post office in Lawtons, prosecutors say Michael Kozina took cash payments for money orders, but instead of depositing the cash into the register, he kept a portion of it and then falsified records to show the customer purchased a money order for a significantly lower amount.

The scheme went on for seven years, with a loss of $13,760.75 to taxpayers, before the 57-year-old Eden man was caught in 2012. Prosecutors say Kozina also stole $13,585 in post office box rental payments over a four-year period.

On Thursday, he was sentenced to six months in prison and ordered to pay $27,345.75 in restitution to the USPS. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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