Liberty postal investigation is ended

LIBERTY — An investigation involving a $19,791 shortfall at the former Liberty Township post office is officially closed.

Its closure is confirmed in a letter sent to township and Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office by Leo A. Fernandez, forensic accountant in the Criminal Justice Section, Special Prosecutions Unit of the Ohio Attorney General’s office.

The post office, which operated in the Liberty Township Administration Building at 1315 Hubbard-Churchill Road, closed Nov. 19, 2007. It opened in 1979. An audit from Sept. 25, 2006, to Sept. 27, 2007, revealed the deficit.

Liberty Township police and the prosecutor’s office were involved in an investigation of the loss of money and merchandise at the post office. They encountered obstacles when trying to subpoena information from the U.S. Postal Service.

Mark Finamore, law director for the township, said the forensic accountant’s investigation hoped to determine how the shortfall occurred. But the investigation was not able to gather the needed information.

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