A former postmaster for the Fort Calhoun Post Office was convicted Friday for misappropriation of postal funds.

Steven Whitesel, 54, of Council Bluffs was sentenced to four years’ probation and 160 hours of community service.

He also was ordered to pay a fine of $5,500 and restitution in the amount of $69,854.43 to the United States Post Office.

Between 2014 and 2017, while employed as the postmaster for the Fort Calhoun Post Office, Whitesel submitted false mileage reimbursement requests  totaling about $70,000, according to the District of Nebraska U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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