Iowa postmaster sentenced to probation for stealing over $6,000 in postal funds

Iowa Postmaster indicted on misappropriation chargesCEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – A northern Iowa woman must pay more than $6,000 in restitution that authorities say she took while working for the U.S. Postal Service.

Prosecutors say DeAnn Lewman also was put on probation for five years and fined $500. She pleaded guilty to one count of making a false entry. Prosecutors dismissed two counts of misappropriation of postal funds and 41 counts of making a false entry in exchange for her plea.

Lewman had been postmaster in Nora Springs. Prosecutors say that between May 2014 and January 2015, Lewman took nearly $3,000 in cash and stamps and took nearly $3,100 that was meant to buy Postal Service money orders in December 2014 and January 2015.

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5/13/16 NORA SPRINGS – Nora Springs’s former postmaster has been charged with allegedly stealing from the postal service.

A federal grand jury handed up an indictment charging DeAnn C. Lewman with two counts of misappropriate of postal funds and 42 counts of false entries. The indictment was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids.

Lewman, 47, became the city’s postmaster in February 2014, according to the U.S. Postal Service.

Federal authorities allege that between May, 2014, and January, 2015, Lewman took approximately $2,988.13 in cash and stamp stock for her own use.  Lewman is also accused of taking about $3,073.15 that was meant to purchase Postal Service money orders for her own use between December, 2014, and January, 2015, and falsifying the records about those money orders.

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5 thoughts on “Iowa postmaster sentenced to probation for stealing over $6,000 in postal funds

  1. I never understand why no jail time? they are supposed to know better than your average low IQ worker……..so they should get the jail time and the stupid one should get the probation. me…..I would give the crooked po mismanager the guillotine and leave the basket by the front entrance for all to see. just one way to stop theft…..worked in France!

  2. Stupid, stupid, stupid. How many times in the past have people been caught trying to falsify money orders or their sales?? That is the easiest way to get caught, as money order records of sale and their cashing are sent to the Inspection service. In the old days, you might get away with it for a while, but in today’s computerized system, cashing a money order before it’s sale signals red flags immediately!

    • The sad true is if USPS were looked at closer. The number of these
      sad stories would greater. They can not be trusted like little kids
      to do whats right without adult supervision.

      • Please pardon my missing words. The damage the USPS did to me
        with exposure to heavy metals and stroke resulting damage to 3/4
        of the right side of my brain is very hard to overcome. I guess for not
        having any pay since August 2016 I can still laugh. I am sure glad that i
        don’t have to try to explain why I am not receiving my Disability or
        my legal retirement. Even people in public office are at a loss for
        words.

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