Former Oklahoma Postmaster Pleads Guilty to Embezzling $642,808 From Bulk Mail Customers

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Elgin’s former postmaster has pleaded guilty to theft of public funds and filing a false tax return.

U.S. Attorney Sanford Coats says 63-year-old James E. Draheim of Elgin entered the guilty pleas on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City.

Coats says that between October 2005 and September 2009, Draheim took money from postal customers for bulk mailings but did not fully credit their account. Coats says he then embezzled the difference.

Draheim faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He has agreed to pay $642,808 in restitution to the U.S. Postal Service and additional restitution for taxes owed between 2005 and 2008.

His attorney, Jared B Cunningham of Blanchard, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment

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3 thoughts on “Former Oklahoma Postmaster Pleads Guilty to Embezzling $642,808 From Bulk Mail Customers

  1. I agree with the above, it is another unfortunate example of the contempt that most postal managers for the employees and the customers. Most postal managers believe that they are smarter than everybody else and cqan get away with anything. That is true in part because the Postal Service rarely punishes managers for any transgrassion regardless how heinous, they normally either transfer them or promote them.
    It’s a shame that the a good job and a valuable service like the Postal Service is being allowed to run with ni managerial accountability.

  2. so did he think companies didn’t do their bookkeeping and they were as dumb as he apparently was. his contempt for his customers is probably nothing compared to the evilness he showed his employees do they get paid back. the post office keeps on promoting these people who couldn’t run a food truck and one employee.

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