Former Woonsocket postal worker sentenced for theft of mail

Former Woonsocket postal worker sentenced for theft of mail

PROVIDENCE – A former mailman who rifled through greeting cards in search of cash has been sentenced to three years federal probation, fined $3,000 and ordered to pay restitution,

According to information presented in court, Brett Beauchamp, 29, of Woonsocket, a former U.S. Postal Service carrier, was watched by agents from U.S.P.S's Office of Inspector General after customer complaints of tampered with or missing mail. On Nov. 8, 2011, agents reportedly performed a live test and surveillance of Beauchamp was delivering mail in Woonsocket. Investigators were alerted by a beeper that indicated Beauchamp had opened a test greeting card.

Agents later confronted Beauchamp and retrieved 28 greeting cards and letters, which they believed he had rifled through, from the rear of his postal vehicle. They also recovered $100 in cash from Beauchamp, the $65 the agents had placed in the test greeting card, plus an additional $35 the postal worker admitted to having removed from other mail he opened that day.

Beauchamp pleaded guilty on Oct. 16, 2013, to theft of mail by a Postal Service employee and resigned his position as a postal carrier.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Rafael Medina, special agent in charge of the Northeast Area Field Office of the U.S.P.S.O.I.G.