West Haven Woman involved in Scheme to Steal COVID-19 Relief Funds from the City Sentenced to Prison
Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Matthew Modafferi, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, announced that LINDIM ASIPI, 44, of Waterbury, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to one count of wire fraud related to his theft of U.S. Postal Service (USPS) funds.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Asipi was a motor vehicle service driver for the USPS based in Waterbury, and the USPS provided Asipi with a fleet credit card that enabled him to purchase fuel. Between approximately January 2019 and June 2020, Asipi conducted several hundred fraudulent transactions with his fleet credit card to obtain cash from gas stations without purchasing fuel. To execute these fraudulent transactions, Asipi used his assigned personal identification number (PIN), as well as the PIN of another USPS driver who was unaware of Asipi’s scheme.
On April 11, 2020, Asipi was recorded on store video surveillance driving his USPS vehicle and parking next to the gas pumps at a gas station in Prospect. After Asipi exited the vehicle and entered the store, Asipi’s credit card was used to charge $160 at 11:50 a.m. and $140 at 11:51 a.m. Surveillance video footage then shows Asipi driving away from the gas station without pumping any fuel.
At sentencing, which is not scheduled, Asipi faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.
This matter is being investigated by the U.S. Postal Service, Office of the Inspector General. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Hal Chen.