Former Pukwana rural postal carrier gets probation for mail theft

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A Pukwana woman has been sentenced to two years of probation following her conviction of mail theft as a U.S. Postal Service employee.

Kayla Ottmo, 36, was sentenced on Monday by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier. Ottmo was also ordered to pay $315 in restitution and make a special assessment of $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Ottmo was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 9 and she pleaded guilty on Nov. 26.

According to authorities, the conviction stemmed from incidents between September and November 2018, when Ottmo stole letters, packages, bags, and mail that was not addressed to her. These items had been placed in the custody and control of the U.S. Postal Service and were intended to be conveyed by mail.

Ottmo stole the contents of the letters, packages, bags, and mail, namely gift cards and other items of value and converted them to her own use. At the time, Ottmo was employed by the U.S. Postal Service in Pukwana as a rural carrier associate.

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