former postal service employee sentenced for stealing mail
ROCHESTER, N.Y.– U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Dale Richmond, 59, of Williamson, N.Y., who was convicted of mail theft and mail tampering, was sentenced today to 12 months in prison and ordered to pay a $7,500 fine by U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer. In addition, the defendant was ordered to make restitution to the victims of his crime in the amount of $7,807.25.
Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Field, who handled the case, stated that Richmond worked as a mechanic for the United States Postal Service in the Rochester Logistics and Distribution Center. While working there, the defendant rifled through mail looking for scrap gold, jewelry, rare coins and other small items of value. Richmond stole and then sold the items at a local pawn shop for more than $30,000.
The plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Robert Lapina.