HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Mandi Rice, age 34, of Three Springs, Pennsylvania, was charged in a criminal information on June 28, 2017, with misappropriation of postal funds by a postal employee.
According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, the information alleges that Rice, a former sales associate of the United States Postal Service, misappropriated approximately $1,900 between May 2016 and October 2016.
Under the terms of a plea agreement filed with the criminal information, Rice has agreed to enter a guilty plea and pay restitution. The plea agreement is subject to approval of the court.
The case was investigated by the United States Postal Service, Office of the Inspector General. Assistant U.S. Attorney Carlo D. Marchioli is prosecuting the case.
Criminal informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.
A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
The maximum penalty under federal law is ten years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.