SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Domingo Ene, 28; Joshua Hopoi, 24; and Raymond Su, 31, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to steal U.S. mail, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced. Ene also pleaded guilty to possession of a stolen firearm.
According to court documents, from April 2018 to July 2018, the three men conspired to steal mail that was passing through Sacramento International Airport. All three defendants worked at Sacramento International Airport as employees of a company that provided ground services. Their positions involved handling baggage and mail. They loaded mail from the Sacramento area onto departing flights, as well as unloading incoming mail from arriving flights. The defendants stole mail, especially cash and gift cards, and they used the gift cards to make purchases. According to court documents, the defendants obtained at least 95 stolen gift cards and at least $3,295 in cash.
According to court documents, Ene also used his position as an employee at Sacramento International Airport to steal items from checked luggage. One of the items that he stole was a pistol that had been checked on a flight departing from Sacramento.
This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service with assistance from the Narcotics and Economic Crime Investigations Task Force, Roseville Police Department, Citrus Heights Police Department, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, and Sacramento Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Miriam R. Hinman is prosecuting the case.
The defendants are scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez on May 5. They face a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the conspiracy count. Ene also faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for possession of the stolen firearm. The actual sentences, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.