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Former Ft. Calhoun postmaster sentenced for embezzlement

Posted at 6:38 PM, Aug 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-02 19:45:32-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — A U.S. District Court Judge sentenced Steven Whitesel, 54, Friday for embezzling while serving as the postmaster for the Fort Calhoun Post Office, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Joseph Kelly's office. He was convicted of misappropriating postal funds.

Whitesel of Council Bluffs submitted false mileage reimbursement requests totaling nearly $70,000 between 2014 and 2017. He had the money reimbursed to himself.

His sentence includes four years probation, 160 hours of community service and a fine of $5,500. He must also pay restitution.

The U.S. Postal Service Inspector General investigated the case.