A Nebraska postal employee who embezzled more than $6,600 in government money has received a six-month federal prison sentence.
Federal court records show Christopher McIlheran was sentenced Tuesday. Prosecutors say McIlheran made money orders to his personal creditors while working as postmaster of the Duncan and Silver Creek post offices.
McIlheran reported the money orders as having been paid when, in fact, he paid for them one to two weeks after he originally issued them.
Prosecutors say he also issued money orders for which he never paid. He later admitted that he issued the money orders for personal use.
Postal Service agent Pete Gately says such behavior is rare, and betrays public trust in the Postal Service.