States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|January 26, 2010||
FORMER USPS EMPLOYEE INVOLVED IN MAIL THEFT SCHEME IS SENTENCED
Nora R. Dannehy, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DAVID SPARKS, 40, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by United States Magistrate Judge Holly B. Fitzsimmons in Bridgeport to one year probation for his role in a mail theft scheme. Judge Fitzsimmons also ordered SPARKS to pay a fine in the amount of $250 and to perform 50 hours of community service. On September 9, 2009, SPARKS pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of the mails.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on July 19, 2004, while working as a full-time mail handler with the United States Postal Service at the Stamford Mail Processing Plant, SPARKS opened, without authority, several mail parcels that were to be mailed from the facility. On the same date, Anthony Harley, another employee at the Stamford Mail Processing Plant, took two separate pieces of mail that were not addressed to him. One piece of mail contained a pair of sneakers and the other contained a pair of binoculars.
On April 16, 2008, Harley pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of the mails. On July 2, 2008, he was sentenced to two years of probation.
This matter was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Douglas P. Morabito.
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