The Postmaster of Beulah, North Dakota, Edmund J. Sharp IV, has agreed to plead guilty to charges that he defrauded the USPS by issuing salary advances in the names of employees he supervised, but kept the money for himself. Sharp claimed he needed the money to “meet the demands of higher costs of living in Western North Dakota”. According to USPS records, Sharp is paid a salary of $58,353 a year, and has worked for the USPS since 2000. Neither the plea agreement nor the indictment specify exactly how much money Stark stole, but the agreement recommends restitution in the amount of $7,500. In exchange for his guilty plea and promise of restitution, the prosecution agrees to recommend a sentence at the lower end of the sentencing guidelines, which could result in a prison term of up to six months. Had the case gone to trial, Sharp faced a possible sentence of up to ten years,
The court has scheduled a hearing on the plea agreement for September 2- sentencing will take place December 5.