NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced today that JAVONTE RICHARD, age 29, of New Orleans, Louisiana, was indicted on December 16, 2021 for Theft of Mail by a Postal Service employee in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1709.
According to the indictment, on November 14, 2019, RICHARD removed a package entrusted to her and which came into her possession to be conveyed by mail, while performing her assigned duties as an employee of the United States Postal Service.
If convicted, RICHARD faces a maximum penalty of up to five (5) years imprisonment, followed by up to three (3) years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine, and a $100 mandatory special assessment fee.
United States Attorney Evans reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the United States Postal Inspection Service, Office of the Inspector General in investigating this matter. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jon Maestri is in charge of the prosecution.
Department of Justice
Office of the U.S. Attorney
Eastern District of Louisiana