A former Dubuque mail carrier who admitted stealing mail on his route has been sentenced to half a year in prison. Thirty-six-year-old Scott Meiner of Dubuque pleaded guilty in August to two counts of theft of U.S. mail.

Meiner admitted that in April of last year while driving his route servicing six northeast Iowa towns, he stole mail that appeared to be greeting cards. Meiner was sentenced in federal court to six months in prison and fined two-thousand dollars. Meiner was also ordered to pay 12-hundred dollars in restitution.