Des Moines Postmaster Cheryl Love was fired for failing to investigate the embezzlement of $160,000 over a period of two years at a south-side post office.
Des Moines Postmaster Cheryl Love was fired early this year after she was accused of failing to investigate a long-running scam that cost the U.S. Postal Service more than $100,000.
State unemployment records indicate Love, who was named Des Moines’ 35th postmaster in 2013, was fired from the federal agency in February.
She was accused of failing to investigate concerns that a local employee of the Postal Service was embezzling money through a scheme that involved the use of money orders issued at a south-side post office between October 2014 and March 2016.
According to state records, Love’s superiors repeatedly alerted her to the suspicious nature of the money orders, but she failed to investigate the matter.
Those records indicate the scheme, attributed to postal clerk Brenda Robinson, resulted in the loss of $160,000. However, the Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General has said the total loss is estimated to be $100,668.
Last October, a federal grand jury indicted Robinson on charges of embezzlement and theft of government property. In May, Robinson agreed to enter a plea of guilty to one count of theft of government property. Read more: Des Moines Register