Ex-Postal Employee Pleads Guilty to Stealing

A 58-year-old Williamson, N.Y. man has admitted to stealing items sent through the U.S. Mail including a 1952 Mickey Mantle baseball card.

U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr.  says Dale Richmond pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer, to mail theft and mail tampering.  The mail theft charges each carry a maximum penalty of 10 of years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Field, who is handling the case, stated that Richmond worked as an electronic technician at the U.S. Postal Service’s Rochester Logistics and Distribution Center in western New York.

Prosecutors say Richmond repeatedly opened mail illegally and stole the contents of packages.  It was in January of last year, agents say, that Richmond opened a padded envelope shipped from one private party to another and pilfered the Mantle card (court papers didn’t indicate whether it was a Topps or Bowman card).

Other items stolen by the defendant included cash, jewelry, a Gold Eagle coin, a ring and money.

The plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Robert Lapina.

Richmond will be sentenced Jan. 23, 2013.