Elizabethon postal worker gets probation in embezzling case


An Elizabethton postal clerk who admitted earlier this year in federal court to stealing more than $7,000 on the job received five years probation at his sentencing hearing in Greeneville.

In a sentencing memorandum for Michael Scott Hagie, prosecutors said they were baffled as to why the U.S. Postal Service worker with a 20-year career and salary of nearly $60,000 per year would steal from his employer.

"Mr. Hagie made a series of bad decisions over an eight-month period of time which negated nearly a lifetime of hard work and good fortune," the report said.

Hagie, who first told investigators that he had not stolen the money then recanted, began embezzling the money in April 2015. He agreed to a plea deal in February and waived his indictment in March, according to court documents.

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