Man Sentenced For Thompson Buffett Theft

The man who stole from a foundation named after Omaha investor Warren Buffett’s late wife has been sentenced to jail and probation.

Douglas County District Court records say 39-year-old Dhaval Patel on Wednesday was given 180 days in jail, five years of probation and ordered to do 500 hours of community service. He’d pleaded guilty to stealing $46,000 from the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation.

Patel had been hired to monitor programs that receive money from the foundation. Prosecutors say that from December 2011 to April this year, Patel padded his expense account, seeking reimbursement for travel expenses he’d never incurred or had been prepaid.

Patel, who lives in Omaha, has paid back the money.