Eagle postmaster ordered to pay up
September 25, 2007
EAGLE, Colo. ” Eagle Postmaster Samuel McGibbon pleaded guilty to a felony Monday and was ordered Monday to pay back $6,630 he stole from the Eagle Post Office, said Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert.
McGibbon paid his wife, Evelyn McGibbon ” who also goes by Evelyn McNair ” $35,000 for landscaping and snow removal services at the Eagle Post Office that she never performed, authorities said.
Evelyn McGibbon said that she had been paid for “doing nothing more than submitting monthly invoices for contracts at the Eagle Post Office,” according to the arrest warrant filed in Eagle County District Court on May 9.
“We couldn’t prove $35,000,” Hurlbert said. “We could prove $6,630.”
“We don’t think that was necessarily wrong,” Hurlbert added. “It’s just this is what we could prove.”
Postal investigators said photographs showed “there had been no noticeable landscaping conducted at the Eagle Post Office,” the affidavit says.
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Samuel McGibbon contracted with a company called Everclean Services. Four or five years ago, the company was launched by Evelyn McNair and operated from her Broomfield home address. Everclean has no regular clients and its sole contract is with the Eagle Post Office, the affidavit says.
Evelyn McGibbon’s charges include felony theft, Hurlbert said. Her case is pending, he said.
Evelyn McGibbon told investigators she opened the business under the name McNair because she and her husband are separated and she wanted to keep the business relationship separate, the affidavit says.
McGibbon admitted that McNair was his wife, and that he had concealed that information from postal employees and supervisors, the affidavit says.
McGibbon pleaded guilty to felony theft and misdemeanor failure to disclose a conflict of interest. McGibbon did not lose his job, but plans on retiring in October, Hurlbert said.