St. Thomas, USVI- After a two-day trial in the District Court in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, a federal jury today found Rosemarie Peltier, a former postal clerk, guilty of embezzling thousands of dollars from the United States Postal Service USPS, announced United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe and Special Agent in Charge Ricardo Medina of the Office of Inspector General of the United States Postal Service in Puerto Rico.
Peltier, who was employed at the Aubrey C. Ottley Post Office in Estate Thomas, was indicted earlier this year by a Federal Grand Jury for Misappropriation of Postal Funds, Embezzlement of Government Property, and False Entries and Reports of Money. The evidence presented at trial showed that Peltier devised a scheme to defraud and embezzle from the USPS by misusing the machine used to issue and record money orders. To cover up her crime, Peltier would then make false entries into the USPS’ computer system in an attempt to conceal the money that she embezzled. The evidence also showed that between 2010 and 2013, Peltier embezzled nearly $30,000. After deliberating for several hours, the jury returned guilty verdicts on all counts. Peltier was released on conditions, including an unsecured bond pending sentencing, which is scheduled for January 22, 2015.
Peltier faces a maximum sentence of ten 10 years imprisonment and fines of up to $250,000 on each count of conviction. United States Attorney Sharpe commended the efforts of the Office of Inspector General of the United States Postal Service who investigated the case. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ishmael Meyers, Jr.