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Evidence collected from Seabrook motel leads to Maine conviction for theft of $87K

June 09. 2015 12:15PM

BANGOR, Maine - An Augusta man was sentenced to four years in federal prison for his part in a conspiracy to steal mail that resulted in the theft of $87,000.

Ryan Pomerleau, 32, pleaded guilty last January in U.S. District Court to conspiring to steal mail and theft of mail.

According to court records, in 2014 U.S. postal inspectors learned Pomerleau had stolen mail, altered checks taken from that mail and enlisted others to cash the altered checks at banks in the Augusta area.

Investigators searched a hotel room in Seabrook, N.H., resulting in the seizure of counterfeit checks, typewriters, tools used to alter checks and other evidence linked to Pomerleau.

He later admitted to postal inspectors that he possessed check writing software, check altering equipment and blank checks.

He was ordered to pay $87,752.22 in restitution. On the completion of his sentence, he is to be on three years of supervised release.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Augusta, Portland, Saco and Scarborough police departments.

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