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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Houma Postal Worker Sentenced for Theft of Mail

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that ELVIRA DUTHU DUPLANTIS, age 51, of Houma, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to a  one-count Indictment charging her with Theft of Mail.

U.S. Chief District Judge Kurt Engelhardt sentenced DUPLANTIS to five (5) years’ probation and ordered her to pay $3,200 in restitution.

According to court records, as a result of a complaint from the Postmaster of the

Houma Post Office regarding missing mail, the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General (“Postal OIG”) initiated an investigation into DUPLANTIS, who was a letter carrier assigned to the Houma Post OfficeThe investigation determined that DUPLANTIS stole approximately 113 gift cards, which included Visa debit cards and gift cards for major retail stores and restaurants, with a total value of approximately $3,200.00.           

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, in investigating this matter.  Fraud Unit Chief, Assistant U. S. Attorney Brian M. Klebba was in charge of the prosecution.

Updated August 25, 2016