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ECU employee accused of embezzling money by mail theft makes court appearance

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

An ECU employee arrested for stealing mail from more than 300 people made her first appearance in court today.

49-year-old Iris Harper, a mail room worker, is charged with embezzlement. Harper has been working for the university for more than 20 years.

ECU Police say hundreds of complaints flooded their office, claiming people weren't  getting their mail.
     
Police say Harper would wait until after hours to come back to the mail room and go through packages.

"I would expect the majority are students which would have put most of their final destinations to be residence hall addresses," said Lt. Chris Sutton, ECU Police.

University police say they're still investigating.
     
If you believe you may be a victim, contact ECU Police.

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An ECU employee is accused of embezzling money by mail theft.

On Friday, police charged Iris J. Harper with embezzlement of state property by a public employee. 

Police say at least 300 recipients didn't receive their mail. And they have a stack of complaints from them about it.

" You would get something saying you had package, then be waiting days just to see if you had it. Some people would get frustrated with it," said freshman Dakota Moorefield.

It's believed that Harper took gift cards and cash from the mail she allegedly snatched. 

 "The items that seemed to be items of interest were mail pieces that had cash or some type of gift card," said Chris Sutton of ECU Police.

Police say that Harper would come back after the mail room closed and go through the mail.

Students say they can't believe an employee would steal from them.

"Students are here to learn not get stolen from," said freshman Mason Harris.

"It's almost shocking; because, I come here a lot and the people always seem really nice and you trust them. You don't expect that to happen at least on a college campus," said freshman Brittany Case.

She's no longer assigned to the mail room. Harper was hired in April 1991.

Officers say their investigation started back in October 2012. And it's still ongoing.

Harper is out on a $15,000 bond. Her first court appearance is scheduled for Monday morning. 

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