Former Elgin OK Postmaster to Serve 37 Months in Prison For Embezzlement

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Today, JAMES E. DRAHEIM, 63, from Elgin, Oklahoma, was sentenced by United States District Judge Timothy D. DeGiusti to serve 37 months in federal prison for theft of public funds from the United States Postal Service and for filing a false tax return, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma. In addition, Judge DeGiusti ordered Draheim to serve two years of supervised release following his prison term and pay restitution of $643,604.49 the Postal Service and $129,061.66 to the IRS.

Draheim was employed as the Postmaster in Elgin, Oklahoma, and from October 2005 through September 2009 used his position of trust to embezzle from the United States Postal Service. Specifically, Draheim took money paid by postal customers for bulk mailings, failed to credit the customer’s account for the full amount of the check, and then embezzled the difference by purchasing money orders in his own name which he then used for his own personal benefit. Draheim pled guilty on September 28, 2010, to theft of public funds and filing a false tax return for the 2008 tax year.

via USDOJ: US Attorney’s Office – Western District of Oklahoma.

  • Mark

    643 K ??????? Holy sh#@! What the hell was he doing with the money??

  • matching funds

    He was trying to match Potter’s bonus.

  • Pissed

    This piece of dirt was stealling money over a period of time to keep his fat ass wife Joeanne happy. He’s getting off too easy and they failed to mention that he will be able to keep his federal pention too. What a crock I hope he ends up a “boy toy” in prison and doesn’t live to get out. James you are a sack of crap and Joanne you are no better for spending that stolen money. I am sure his kids helped spend it too!