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Mail carrier pays big fine for small-check theft

A former letter carrier in Superior has been fined $2,500 for stealing a $118 rebate check he was supposed to deliver on his walking route.

Brent Olson, 37, told Federal Judge Barbara Crabb of Madison that he didn't know why he stole the check. He said he sought counseling to find out why he took the post-card rebate that Ed Nelson never got.

Store video showed Olson using the rebate, and Judge Crabb said it appeared that three checks were involved in the theft. Still, the judge said she would not send Olson to jail or probation because he's been a "good citizen" except for the incident - which occurred a year ago. Olson has reimbursed Nelson for the rebate check.