New Bedford man pleads guilty to stealing postal funds

BOSTON — A New Bedford man who works as a U.S. Postal Service employee faces a sentence of six months of home confinement after pleading guilty to embezzling over $20,000, federal prosecutors said.

Austin Correia, 22, pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to embezzling over $20,000 in payments from customers for money orders and stamps, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston.

He entered a guilty plea to one count of theft of embezzlement and theft of public money, property or records, prosecutors said.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Patti B. Saris scheduled sentencing for Nov. 20, they said. In June, Correia was charged by indictment and arrested.

According to the terms of his plea agreement, the government will recommend a sentence of two years of probation with the first six months to be served in home confinement; 25 hours of community service; and restitution in the amount of $20,584, prosecutors said. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge, based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. The charging statute provides a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.


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