Ex-postmaster gets prison time for $53,000 theft

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. | A former postmaster in southwest Missouri is sentenced to five months in federal prison for stealing nearly $53,000 in postal funds during 2006.

Federal Judge Richard Dorr on Monday handed the sentence to Wayne Misner on a single charge of misappropriating funds. The money had been collected for stamps and other mailing products while Misner was postmaster at Everton.

Misner pleaded guilty to the charge in April, but said he didn't steal the money. He said burglars used an unsecured door to get into the post office. Misner said he would have been fired if he'd reported the burglary, and that he tried to make up the loss with his own money.

He was also ordered to spend five months on house arrest, serve three years' probation and pay almost $43,000 in restitution.