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Wis. Postmaster Fired for Mailings

March 6, 1999

DOUSMAN, Wis. (AP) _ The U.S. Postal Service fired a Wisconsin postmaster for allegedly mailing fliers for a charity she founded without paying about $10,000 in postage.

Betty Igl was fired Friday after investigators concluded she sent unpaid mailings twice a year for about a decade, Postal Service spokeswoman Debra Hawkins said.

The 64-year-old Igl had worked for the Postal Service for 30 years, and was postmaster in Dousman for 13 years. Postal authorities were expected to request that federal criminal charges be filed, Hawkins said.

Dousman residents have rallied around Igl, even pledging in a petition signed by 398 residents to raise the $10,000 she is said to owe. Yellow ribbons tied into bows have been attached to utility poles up and down Main Street. Beneath each bow is a poster that reads: ``We Want Betty Back Now.″

She has been on administrative leave since early last month while investigators probed the mailings for the Adopt a Grandparent program.

Igl, who has 10 days to appeal the firing, declined to comment Friday.

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