A former U.S. Postal Service executive pleaded guilty Wednesday to embezzling more than $17,000 for travel, U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen announced.
David Kosturko, 57, would book multiple plane tickets for business trips -- some more expensive than others -- and travel using the inexpensive ticket. Kosturko would then request reimbursement from the Postal Service for the more expensive flight, leaving surplus money on his government-issued credit and debit travel card. He would also request to be reimbursed multiple times for hotel charges, according to court statements.
On 35 occasions from 2007 to 2011, Kosturko overcharged the Postal Service a total of $17,000, which he spent at restaurants and nightclubs and on home improvement expenses, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The charges against Kosturko carry a maximum five-year prison sentence, but the resident of Amissville, Va., likely faces a sentence of up to six months under federal guidelines.