Postal worker’s sentencing adjourned again

Sentencing was postponed again on Monday for former post office employee Herbert Leon Conolly, who had pleaded guilty to false accounting and breach of trust.

Crown counsel Greg Walcolm explained that a separate investigation was still going on.

Conolly, 34, had worked as a senior customer service officer, managing the counter and supervising three junior officers. The false accounting offense occurred when Conolly produced a check for $3,400 from a bank account he knew was closed and he used it to balance a report he had to submit. The breach of trust was in connection with the duties of his office, by removing public funds.

At a previous sentence hearing, Magistrate Valdis Foldats referred to a victim impact report and said it appeared that several customers had entrusted payments for their utilities to the post office, but had been served with disconnection notices. He asked that the matter be looked into.

Mr. Walcolm had said he would need to find out what had happened at the beginning of the investigation.

This week he advised that the matter of utility payments formed part of a separate investigation “and should not have any impact on this part of the case.” If investigations did lead to charges, that would be a separate aspect of the matter, he suggested.

The magistrate said if he proceeded to sentence on the basis of a single incident, it would amount to an artificial process if other charges arose for the same time period and from the same employer.

“Mr. Conolly would like it all wrapped up so he can put his life back together,” defense attorney Jonathon Hughes said. “He has been waiting 13 months.”

The magistrate adjourned the case until Jan. 30.