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Fired Lamoille postmaster seeks back pay

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LAMOILLE — Former Lamoille postmaster Marilyn Laney is still waiting for more than $3,000 in pay from the U.S. Postal Service, but postal officials claim she owes them money instead.

Laney was terminated without cause on Aug. 22, after serving 11 years. She says the Postal Service still owes her $3,232 — $1,616 for her first month’s pay 11 years ago and $1,616 for her last month’s work.

Laney said she recently received a letter from the Aurora, Colo., Post Office signed by Linda Cooper, indicating that she would not receive any money. Furthermore, she was informed that she had been overpaid a couple hundred dollars and that Laney should pay the post office.

The 81-year-old Laney is seeking relief in small claims court. Although her registered letter to the Elko postmaster was not answered, a court date has been set for 2 p.m. Dec. 6.

After three months, Laney still does not know why she was terminated. No charges have been filed since the post office door was closed July 26 by Las Vegas officials and Elko Postmaster Dorcas Canfield, as patrons arrived expecting to pick up their mail.

Although the post office was finally reopened early in September with a new contract postmaster, Laney says she still has two problems. Number one is getting the money she is owed. Number two is finding out why she was terminated so she can clear her name. If there are no charges, she said she needs to have it stated in writing.

“I have to fight it,” she said. “I want to clear my name.”

She said she has phoned Nickolas Panicucci in Aurora, Colo., who signed her termination papers, but he won’t talk to her or return her calls. She has also called offices in Minneapolis, the Office of the Investigator General in Vancouver, and Mitch McCoy in Las Vegas, as well as Canfield in the Elko post office.

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