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Nebraska Postmaster Sentenced in Embezzlement Case

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Christopher McIlheran, ex postmaster of Duncan and Silver Creek, Neb., has been sentenced to six months in jail followed by three years of supervised release.

United States District Court Judge Joseph F. Bataillon sentenced McIlheran after he pleaded guilty to embezzling government monies while working as an employee of the post office.

Judge Bataillon also ordered McIlheran to pay restitution in the amount of $6,600. McIlheran was immediately placed into the custody of the United States Marshal following the sentencing hearing. 

While McIlheran worked as the postmaster of the Duncan and Silver Creek Post Offices, he made out money orders to his personal creditors and reported the money orders as having been paid for when, in fact, McIlheran paid for the money orders late on dates ranging from 1-2 weeks after he originally issued them. 

McIlheran also made out other money orders for which he never paid. 

An investigation by agents with the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General gathered evidence and confronted McIlheran with evidence of the theft and McIlheran ultimately admitted having issued the money orders for his personal use. 

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