Superior letter carrier fined for stealing rebate checkMADISON – A former letter carrier was fined $2,500 Friday in federal court for taking a $118 Menard’s rebate check intended for a patron while walking his mail route.
By: Kevin Murphy/For the Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
MADISON – A former letter carrier was fined $2,500 Friday in federal court for taking a $118 Menard’s rebate check intended for a patron while walking his mail route.
Although he faced six months in prison, District Judge Barbara Crabb said she wasn’t going to put Brent Olson, 37, of Superior in jail or on probation because has no prior felony convictions, has a lengthy work history and “is a good citizen” except for this incident.
Crabb asked Olson “why” after 17 years with the U.S. Postal Service did he steal mail.
“I don’t know,” Olson replied.
“Obviously, nobody else understands it either,” Crabb said.
Olson said he has pondered the question daily and sought counseling to determine why he took the postcard rebate intended for Ed Nelson on May 26, 2012.
“I’m not that kind of person. It was a horrific mistake and I’m sorry for it,” he said.
After Nelson complained to Menards about not getting the rebate check, they located store surveillance camera footage of Olson using it, Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Connell said at Olson’s plea hearing earlier this year.
Olson’s court-appointed attorney Erika Bierma called her client’s conduct “completely aberrant behavior” and “an isolated incident.” However, Crabb said “it does appear there were at least three checks involved.”
Olson paid Nelson for his loss, and Nelson and others have written the court in support of Olson.
Crabb gave Olson six months to pay the fine.