An overnight mail handler, who stole more than 11,000 packages over two years before he was caught by federal agents, received the maximum sentence under the guidelines for his crimes Monday.
David Schmauder, a 48-year-old former U.S. Postal Service employee, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of theft by mail in federal court in August. He was sentenced in a federal court to the maximum sentence under the guidelines of 30 months after a judge rejected Schmauder’s claims that obsessive-compulsive disorder and mental illness were the reasons he stole the mail.
Schmauder apologized to the people he stole packages from at his sentencing.
Upon being observed and caught by USPS special agents in January 2010, Schmauder admitted to stealing about 50 packages two or three nights a week from the post office he worked at in Highland Ranch since January 2008.
The postal service estimated losses at $283,913 but admitted there’s no way to know how much Schmauder stole. The plea agreement calls for Schmauder to pay a fine of $4,000 to $40,000.Read the rest of this story at 9News.com.