BOURNE — A supervisor at the Buzzards Bay post office in Bourne has been charged for allegedly embezzling tens of thousands of government dollars in a fake travel reimbursement scheme.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said last week that 37-year-old Anthony Fernandes of Douglas was charged with one count of theft of government money.

Fernandes was a U.S. Postal Service supervisor and allegedly used his travel authorization account to approve nearly $53,000 in bogus travel reimbursement requests, according to the office.

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He allegedly made the fake requests from April through November 2022.

If convicted, Fernandes faces a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years on probation and a maximum $250,000 fine.

U.S. Attorney Rachael Rollins announced the charges in late March, along with U.S. Postal Inspection Service Boston head Ketty Larco-Ward.

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