Martville postal worker admits stealing $326,000 in workers compensation benefits

A Central New York mail carrier and her husband have admitted to making false statements in order for her to get more than $300,000 in federal workers compensation benefits.

Federal prosecutors in Syracuse say 41-year-old Tracey Raponi and 56-year-old Gale Raponi of Martville in northern Cayuga County pleaded guilty earlier this week to charges stemming from their defrauding of the federal government out of more than $326,000.

Tracey Raponi was employed as a letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service in Fulton in neighboring Oswego County.

Officials she was collecting workers compensation while working for a dog breeding and boarding business owned by her husband.

The couple faces five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when they're sentenced in September.