Former Bellevue Postal Worker Sentenced for Mail Theft
Contact: Jan Sharp, Criminal Chief
United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Beth Ann Beutler, 40, of Omaha, was sentenced in Omaha today by Chief United States District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon, to serve 3 years on Probation for stealing gift cards from the mails. She will also pay a $500 fine and perform 150 hours of Community Service work.
The investigation began when it was reported to the Postal Service that three $50 gift cards, mailed around Christmas time to 2 different victims who lived on the same mailing route in Bellevue, were never delivered, although the letters that were supposed to contain the gift cards were delivered. Beth Beutler was identified as one of two postal employees who delivered mail on that route during the time period in question. Beutler was then identified in J.C. Penney surveillance video using one of the cards on December 22, 2010, in Papillion. In all, she was convicted of taking $225 worth of gift cards from the mail, by partially opening letters, taking out the gift cards, resealing the letters, and then delivering the letters.
This case was investigated by the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General.