updated 6/16/2004 11:35:41 AM ET 2004-06-16T15:35:41

Thousands of postal workers will receive overpayments this week due to a computer error, the Postal Service said Wednesday.

An extra close-out payment was due to about 1,900 employees who transferred from management positions to union bargaining unit jobs in 2002, postal spokesman Gerry McKiernan said. The payments varied, but averaged about $4,000, he said.

However, because of a programming error a computer included the extra payments in the checks of 41,434 workers, McKiernan said.

He said those workers are being sent letters urging them not to spend the money and explaining how it should be returned.

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