Former RAVN supervisor pleads guilty to $200k in mail theft
A former RAVN Alaska supervisor accused of stealing dozens of computers and other goods destined for rural Alaska pleads guilty to the crimes that took place over a two-year period.
According to court documents, Congress Lepou pleaded guilty to conspiracy, theft of mail and possession of stolen mail after admitting the offenses between March 2015 to April 2017.
In January, a federal grand jury indicted the defendants – Lepou, Breadoflife “Presley” Faiupu, Hubert Barte, Paulo Maae, Harold Velicaria and Rogelio “Roger” Daquis – on 33 counts including conspiracy, mail theft and possession of stolen mail.
During the two-year period, approximately 60 Apple computers, cartons of cigarette and cellphones intended to be shipped out to villages across Alaska were stolen, charging documents said.
"On several occasions throughout the conspiracy, Lepou and Faiupu would pick up the mail from the U.S. Postal Service and then drive the Ravn truck to the employee parking lot and steal Apple computers intended for delivery to individuals and schools in villages throughout Alaska and load them into their personal vehicles," charging documents said.
Barte, Maae, Daquis and Velicaria were among those who were recruited by Lepou and Faiupu to help them find buyers of the stolen goods, which court records said retailed around $199,143:
- $90,000 for computers
- $106,880 for tobacco products
- $2,152 for cell phones.
Lepou could spend up to 15 years in prison and could face additional fines and prison time.
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