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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Augusta Man Sentenced to Four Years for Leading Mail Theft Conspiracy

Contact: Jim Moore
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Ryan Pomerleau, 32, of Augusta, Maine was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court by Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. to four years in prison and three years of supervised release for his role in a conspiracy to steal mail.  He was also ordered to pay $87,752.22 in restitution.  On January 14, 2015, Pomerleau pled guilty to conspiring to steal mail and theft of mail.

Court records reflect that in 2014, U.S. Postal Inspectors learned that Pomerleau had stolen mail, altered checks taken from that mail and enlisted others to cash the altered checks at banks in the Augusta area.  Execution of a search warrant at a hotel room in Seabrook, New Hampshire resulted in the seizure of counterfeit checks, typewriters, tools used to alter checks and other evidence linked to Pomerleau.  Pomerleau later admitted to Postal Inspectors that he possessed check writing software, check altering equipment and blank checks.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Augusta, Portland, Saco and Scarborough Police Departments.

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Updated June 10, 2015