January 7, 2015 – A former U.S. Postal Service mail carrier in Anchorage was sentenced in federal court Tuesday to one year of probation for throwing away first-class mail along his route.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release that 36-year-old Alfonso Pitpit pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of obstruction of mail. Magistrate Judge Deborah Smith handed down the probation penalty and a $1,000 fine.
Pitpit was the carrier at the Russian Jack facility in Anchorage. On Oct. 4, a witness saw Pitpit empty two trays of first-class mail into two garbage cans along his route.
Steward said Pitpit was in a hurry and attempting to cut corners. She said during the hearing he expressed regret about his actions.
“At the hearing, he did state he was a newer employee and trying to get things done quickly,” Steward said. “He was trying to impress his employer; he felt pressured.
US Attorney’s press release
Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that an Anchorage man was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage for one count of obstruction of mail.
Alfonso Pitpit, 36, of Anchorage, pled guilty and was sentenced yesterday by United States Magistrate Judge Deborah Smith to one year of probation and a fine of $1,000.
Pitpit was an employee of the United States Postal Service as a letter carrier at the Russian Jack facility in Anchorage. On October 4, 2014, a witness observed Pitpit empty two trays of first class mail into two different garbage cans along his mail route. The witness notified the Post Office and the mail was recovered and delivered. Pitpit admitted that he threw the mail away.
Magistrate Judge Smith noted the importance of reliable mail delivery and the need to deter others from cutting corners as Pitpit had done.
Ms. Loeffler commends the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General for the investigation of this case