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Discharged postmaster fined for stealing postal funds

An Ashland man was sentenced Wednesday in the Western District of Wisconsin court, according to U.S. Attorney John W. Vaudreuil.

Rodney Hunt, 60, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman to a $500 fine for theft of postal funds. Hunt pleaded guilty to the charge Aug. 14.

On Oct. 3, 2012, the U.S. Postal Service conducted an audit of the Mason, Wis., post office where Hunt worked as postmaster. During the course of that audit, investigators discovered Hunt stole a $300 mail order on Aug. 8, 2012, and he could not account for almost $5,333 in missing mail orders and stamps.

Hunt repaid all the missing money before pleading guilty to theft. Following completion of the audit, Hunt's employment with the U.S. Postal Service was terminated.

The charge against Hunt was the result of an investigation conducted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul W. Connell.