City Employee Arrested for Stealing Money Order
A Far Rockaway woman employed by the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) has been arrested for stealing and cashing a $700 postal money order.
Sharon Williams, 47, who served as an HRA clerk in Far Rockaway has been charged with felony forgery, criminal possession of a forged instrument, petit larceny and criminal solicitation. The charges carry a maximum of seven years in jail.
According to the charges, Williams was helping a woman complete public assistance documents on Beach 59 Street when a blank $700 money order was left at the office. Upon arriving home, the woman discovered that her money order was missing.
Postal Inspector Ana Bourdon, who conducted the investigation, tracked the money order and found that it was completed and cashed by a John Williams on April 4, 2002. John Williams acquired the money order when his girlfriend, Sharon Williams, directed him to cash it. The $700 was used to pay bills and purchase groceries. Mr. Williams is not facing any charges.
Sharon Williams was arraigned on the night of December 30 in Queens Criminal Court. She has worked for the Human Resources Administration since 1987.