WHITINSVILLE, Mass (WBZ NewsRadio) — A United States Postal Service employee was arrested on Friday for allegedly stealing packages he was entrusted to deliver, United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Rachael Rollins said in a statement.
Duxbury resident, William Paige, 32, worked as a USPS mail carrier in Whitinsville. Between January and February of 2022, Paige allegedly stole collector’s coins and various other items from packages.
He was indicted on three counts of theft of mail matter by a Postal Service employee, but was later released on conditions following his initial appearance in Worcester federal court before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge David Hennessy on Friday.
The charges he faces could lead to a sentence of up to five years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. Federal mail theft is considered a felony according to the United States Code 18 Section 1708. The sentences for theft of mail by a U.S postal employee are imposed by a federal district court judge. They base their determination of the sentencing in a criminal case on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and Statutes.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristen Noto of Rollins’ Worcester Branch Office is prosecuting the case.