U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that ANGELA MITCHELL, age 40, of Mandeville, was indicted today for Theft of Mail and Misappropriation of Postal Funds.
According to the Indictment, as a result of a complaint from the Postmaster of the Mandeville Post Office regarding several suspicious transactions, the Office of Inspector General for the United States Postal Service (“Postal OIG”) initiated an investigation into MITCHELL and determined that MITCHELL was voiding Postage Validation Imprinter (“PVI”) labels and issuing refunds without completing the proper paperwork for the PVI refunds. MITCHELL was also indicted for stealing a credit card from a post office box and using it without authorization.
U. S. Attorney Polite reiterated that the Indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
If convicted, MITCHELL faces a maximum penalty of ten (10) years imprisonment, followed by up to three (3) years of supervised release, and a $250,000.00 fine.
U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Office of Inspector General in investigating this matter. Assistant U. S. Attorney Brian M. Klebba, Chief of the Fraud Unit, is in charge of the prosecution.