Former Ravn supervisor sentenced in cargo thefts
A former supervisor for Ravn Alaska has ordered to pay nearly $100,000 in restitution for stealing mail, including dozens of computers that were destined for school districts in Alaska villages.
Breadoflife “Presley” Faiupu, 37, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and mail theft in October 2018.
District Judge Sharon L. Gleason sentenced Faiupu to serve five years probation with six months of community confinement in a halfway house, according to U.S. Attorney for Alaska Bryan Schroder's office. He'll also have to pay $90,000 in restitution.
Between March 2015 and April 2017, Faiupu and his co-defendant, Congress Lepou, stole mail and used Ravn Alaska's supervisor truck to transport the items to personal vehicles. During that time, they took about 60 Apple computers, most of which were meant for rural Alaska school districts.
Faiupu and Lepou also recruited ramp agents to participate in the scheme. The ramp agents helped find buyers for the stolen items and received a cut of the profits from Faiupu and Lepou.
According to a Friday statement from Schroder's office, Gleason noted the seriousness of the offence was based on the impact to the children who were waiting for delivery of the computers that Faiupu instead stole and sold for a profit.
The U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigated the case with the assistance of the Alaska State Trooper Techniccal Crimes Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorney Aunnie Steward prosecuted the case.
Lepou is scheduled to be sentenced in March.
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