Central Texas man sentenced for stealing from local post office

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GROESBECK, Texas (KWTX) A Groesbeck U.S. Post Office clerk was sentenced Tuesday in federal magistrate’s court in Waco after he admitted he stole from the post office.

U.S. Magistrate Jeffrey C. Manske sentenced former U.S. Postal Service sales service distribution associate Rodney D. Weathers to serve one year on federal probation, perform 50 hours of community service in lieu of a fine and pay $313.53 in court assessments and restitution.

A factual basis presented in Weather’s plea hearing says beginning on Sept. 18, 2017 and continuing through Jan. 29, 2018 while he was working as a post office clerk, Weathers diverted funds that had been paid to the post office to his personal use.

The issue was discovered after a routine audit showed the post office was missing stamps from its inventory.

At about the same time auditors noticed Weathers had “a high number of instances where no sale transactions directly followed voided transactions,” which set off red flags, the factual basis says.

It was after that revelation that the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General began a second investigation.

“The investigation determined that from September 18, 2017, through January 29, 2018, Weathers falsified the amount of cash sales in his retail systems software terminal by failing to report sales he made to customers,” the document says.

During an interview with investigators Weathers admitted he took the funds and said he used it for lunch and gas money, the factual basis says.