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Dumond Sentenced To Probation
Updated May 21, 2015 11:24 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(BEDFORD) - A Mitchell mail carrier accused of stealing customers' mail will spend a year on probation.

53-year-old Beth Dumond, of Williams, who worked for the U.S. Postal Service for about 20 years, pleaded guilty to official misconduct in a plea agreement.

Lawrence County Superior Court I Judge Michael Robbins sentenced Dumond to 365 days in jail with credit for one day served. Dumond will serve 243 days on probation and 120 days of those days on electronic monitoring.

According to Assistant Special Agent in Charge USPS Office of Inspector General Scott A. Pierce in late May 2014, USPS OIG Special Agents from the Indianapolis Resident Office began receiving complaints from Postal Service customers located in and around Mitchell.

"Customer complaints indicated that some of their deliverable mail had been rifled and, in some cases, the contents therein had been taken," Pierce wrote in an email at the time of her arrest.

Following receipt of this information, special agents began looking at the affected mail routes and soon focused their investigative efforts on one letter carrier - Dumond.

Utilizing various investigative techniques, the special agents followed Dumond on her assigned route and were able to determine that the carrier opened (without authorization) several pieces of mail during the delivery sequence.

Special agents subsequently arrested Dumond on charges of theft and official misconduct.

L. Scott Caspall, Special Agent in Charge, Great Lakes Area Field Office, made this comment at the time of Dumond's arrest: "The American public expects to receive their letters and parcels on time and intact. Citizens have an expectation that their mail will not be stolen, rifled, read, or obstructed while in the possession of Postal Service employees. That expectation and trust extends to every one of the millions of mail pieces that travel across the country daily. Anyone who betrays that trust will be thoroughly investigated by OIG Special Agents."

United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General (USPS OIG) Special Agents assist the U.S. Postal Service by protecting the mail and helping to maintain the integrity of postal processes, finances, and personnel. Special agents are responsible for conducting investigations regarding mail theft by employees, injury compensation fraud, embezzlements and financial crimes, contract fraud, and other acts of employee misconduct.

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