An Augusta woman who stole mail containing checks, cash and gift cards while she worked as a highway contract court carrier for the U.S. Postal Service was sentenced Monday to three years of federal probation.

Julie K. Meek had admitted the theft of mail on Sept. 29, 2016, in U.S. District Court in Bangor and waived indictment.

On Monday, along with the probation, she was fined $1,000 for the offense and ordered to pay $1,135.19 restitution.

Court documents show she had received the judge’s permission to prepay the restitution prior to her sentencing hearing.

Between December 2015 and April 2016, Meek stole 15 envelopes which had been placed in a rural mail box or collection box in Orono, according to the government’s version of events.

The court document says one sender in particular would testify that she deposited a birthday card and a $50 prepaid gift card in a Stillwater Avenue collection box on March 23, 2016, to be delivered to her son, but he never received it.

Investigators learned that gift card was used several days later at a gas station, fast food restaurant and an Orono convenience store by a customer in a green Chevrolet Trailblazer registered to Meek.

The prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney James Moore, wrote that Meek identified herself to Orono police as a postal employee and said she had taken the mail.

Meek handed over to authorities several pieces of the stolen mail, which she had kept in her car and in her home.

Meek was represented by attorney James S. Nixon.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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