CEDAR 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.
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.