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Buffalo man sentenced for stealing stamps

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BUFFALO -- Irvin Bates, 64, of Buffalo, who was convicted of theft of government funds, was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to pay $3,760.00 in restitution.

Prosecutors say Bates worked as a temporary employee at Ashton Potter printing company located in Williamsville. The company is contracted by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to print and manufacture postage stamps and related specialty products. On July 22, 2016, during his "lunch break," Bates stole a pad of stamps from Ashton Potter, concealed the pad of stamps in his clothes, and removed it from the facility at the conclusion of his shift. In total, the stamps stolen by the defendant were valued at $3760.00.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the United States Postal Service Inspection Service, under the direction of Inspector-in-Charge Shelly Binkowski.