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Bradford Man Admits Stealing Gift Card, Cash from Mail

March 5, 2012

ERIE, Pa. - A resident of Bradford, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of theft of mail, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Dean Harry Meacham, 60, pleaded guilty to two counts before Senior United States District Judge Maurice B. Cohill, Jr.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on or about July7 and July21, 2011, Meacham, abstracted and removed from cards which had been entrusted to him and had come into his possession intended to be conveyed by mail, a Wal-Mart gift card, one $20 bill and one $5 bill.

Judge Cohill scheduled sentencing for August 14, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $500,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, the court continued Meacham on bond.

Assistant United States Attorney Marshall J. Piccinini is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Meacham.

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