Massachusetts PSE pleads guilty to mail theft

BOSTON – A former Hanover, Massachusetts postal employee pleaded guilty to mail theft charges today in U.S. District Court in Boston.

Amber Lopresti, 28, who resides inTaunton, pleaded guilty to embezzling the U.S. mail and stealing the contents of the U.S. mail while she was an employee of the United States Postal Service in Hanover.  U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole, Jr., scheduled sentencing for Sept. 24, 2015.

On Oct. 8, 2014, while working as a Post Office employee, Lopresti was observed on camera rifling through the mail, removing unopened letters and greeting cards, and placing them in her waistband.  When her shift was over, she left the post office and removed the letters from her waistband once she was in her vehicle.  She was stopped by police a short time later and the unopened letters and money were observed on her lap.  Lopresti admitted to law enforcement officers that she took money from one of the stolen letters.  She further admitted that in June 2014 she began stealing letters and contents from the letters from the Hanover Post Office, and had taken approximately $2,000 in cash, cards and scratch tickets.

The charging statutes provide a sentence of no greater than five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000.  Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties.   Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Rafael Medina, Special Agent In Charge of the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, Northeast Area Field Office; and Hanover Police Chief Walter Sweeney, made the announcement today.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Sullivan Jacobus of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.