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Clayton woman gets probation for making meth at her home

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A Clayton woman sentenced Nov. 9 in federal court for embezzling money from the U.S. Postal Service was sentenced Monday in Jefferson County for manufacturing methamphetamine at her home.

Andrea L. Lynch, 30, was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation for Sept. 17 guilty pleas to fourth-degree grand larceny and third-degree unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine.

She admitted that between Sept. 1 and 11, 2011, she stole more than $1,000 from her employer, Sunnybank Restaurant, Cape Vincent. She also admitted that on Jan. 23 or 24, 2011, she possessed pseudoephedrine, lithium, ammonia nitrate and other items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine at her residence at 37820 Deferno Road.

Ms. Lynch previously was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Syracuse, to nine months’ time served for a June 25 guilty plea to misappropriation of postal funds. She admitted that while working at post offices in Theresa, Fishers Landing and LaFargeville, she embezzled 213 money orders totaling $51,162 without purchasing or processing any of the money orders through the St. Louis Federal Reserve, in violation of federal law.

The U.S. attorney’s office said the investigation into Ms. Lynch’s activities began in August 2010 when special agents with the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General reviewed records from the Theresa post office as a result of numerous money orders being processed after the date they were cashed. The U.S. attorney’s office said Ms. Lynch admitted using the money orders to support a heroin addiction.

A codefendant in the methamphetamine case, Hugh J. Broadbent, 28, Watertown, pleaded guilty March 14 in County Court to second-degree criminal possession of methamphetamine-making materials, admitting that he possessed items used for the manufacture of methamphetamine at Ms. Lynch’s home. He was sentenced May 2 to a year in the PSB.

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