Rhode Island letter carrier sentenced for mail theft
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brett Beauchamp, 29, of Woonsocket, R.I., a former U.S. Postal Service carrier, was sentenced today to 3 years federal probation, fined $3,000 and ordered to pay restitution for rifling through greeting cards he was to have delivered and stealing some of the contents, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Rafael Medina, Special Agent in Charge of the Northeast Area Field Office of the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General USPS OIG.
According to information presented to the court, based on customer complaints of tampered with or missing mail, on November 8, 2011, agents from the USPS OIG performed a live test and surveillance of Beauchamp while he was delivering mail in Woonsocket. Investigators were alerted by a beeper that indicated Beauchamp had opened a test greeting card. Agents confronted Beauchamp and retrieved 28 rifled greeting cards and letters from the rear of his Postal vehicle. They also recovered $100.00 in cash from Beauchamp, $65.00 the agents had placed in the test greeting card and an additional $35.00 Beauchamp admitted to having removed from other mail he opened that day.
Beauchamp pleaded guilty on October 16, 2013, to theft of mail by a Postal Service employee. He resigned his position as a Postal carrier prior to today’s sentencing hearing before U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell, Jr.