New Hampshire man sentenced to prison for theft of $22K in postage stamps

inspectorCONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE –United States Attorney Emily Gray Rice announced that Kevin Joseph Fields, formerly of Somersworth, was sentenced to thirty months in prison, three years supervised release and restitution of $22,381.29 to be paid to the U.S. Postal Service after previously pleading guilty to Possessing Stolen Government Property With Intent To Convert.

From May 18, 2014, to on and about June 17, 2014, Fields engaged in a scheme in to obtain United States postage stamps using insufficient funds checks. Fields initiated the scheme by opening a bank account in which he deposited funds from counterfeit checks. Fields then used checks drawn against the bank account to acquire postage stamps at various post offices in New Hampshire and Maine. Fields sold the stamps to pawn shops for less than face value or in exchange for other items such as a laptop computer and a tablet computer. Fields used the cash proceeds to purchase a television, a Blu-ray player, for hotel rooms, and to pay other expenses. Fields’ scheme allowed him to obtain approximately $22,381.29 worth of stamps from U.S. Post Offices.