PORTAND — A Maine man has been sentenced to 45 days in prison for misappropriating postal funds.

Prosecutors say 25-year-old Robert Parent, of Winterville, also was ordered on Tuesday to pay more than $18,000 in restitution and to serve one year of supervised release.

Court records say Parent’s duties while employed at the Mechanic Falls Post Office were to sell Postal Service money orders to customers.

The office of the U.S. attorney for Maine says an investigation by the U.S. Postal Service determined that Parent embezzled or attempted to embezzle more than $35,000 from the Postal Service by negotiating money orders for larger amounts than he reported selling them for.

He pleaded guilty in November.

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