California Postal Supervisor Pleads Guilty To Theft

Press Release from The U.S. Department of Justice’s U.S. Attorney’s office for Eastern District of California:

June 25, 2010
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that June Marie Casteel, 46, of Yuba City, pleaded guilty today before United States District Court Judge Edward G. Garcia to felony theft of U.S. Postal Money Orders and theft of currency of the U.S. Postal Service .

According to court documents, from September 5, 2009 through September 10, 2009, Casteel, while employed as a supervisor of the Marysville Post Office, stole five U.S. Postal Money Orders. She used her position as a supervisor to gain access to another employee’s clerk drawer and point-of-sale password to issue each of the U.S. Postal Money Orders. Casteel then submitted false financial records in order to hide her theft. She asked two individuals to cash the money orders and to give her the proceeds, and then instructed them to provide false information to federal investigators. Casteel stole $4633 in U.S. Postal funds for her own use.

The case was investigated by the United States Postal Service’s Office of the Inspector General. Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Rodriguez is prosecuting the case.

Casteel is scheduled to be sentenced on September 10, 2010. She faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a three-year term of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory sentencing factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.