Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Amanda K. Wentzell, 26, of Augusta, Maine, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr., to three months in prison and three years of supervised release for stealing mail when she was a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) employee. She was also ordered to pay $510 in restitution. She pleaded guilty to the charge on May 10, 2017.
According to court documents, in February 2016, the defendant began working as a retail clerk in the post office in Temple, Maine. In July 2016, a Temple resident complained that his son had not received a prepaid debit card sent to him by U.S. mail.
Investigation revealed that the defendant activated the debit card and used it to make two purchases totaling the $100 value of the debit card, she had been “rifling” mail, and between about April and August 2016, she took and opened several pieces of mail that were being processed by the post office. On August 9, 2016, the defendant resigned her USPS position.
The case was investigated by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the USPS, Office of Inspector General.