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Former USPS employee sentenced to 2 years probation

FORMER U.S. Postal Service employee Mark Champaco Tyquiengco was placed by the federal court on two years of probation, Thursday, for stealing a package at the Chalan Kanoa Post Office.

Tyquienco entered into an agreement with the U.S. government in July 2017, pleading guilty to theft of mail by a postal employee.

He was earlier indicted by a grand jury on charges of mail theft and theft of mail by a postal service employee.

The sentencing hearing on Thursday was presided over by District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona. Tyquienco appeared with his court-appointed attorney, Robert T. Torres, while Assistant U.S. Attorney James Benedetto represented the federal government.

The former USPS employee was ordered to pay a fine of $3,100 immediately following the sentencing.

For his probation period, he will be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office, and the mandatory conditions imposed on him include the following: he must not commit any federal state, and local crimes; and he must not unlawfully possess or use a controlled substance. A drug-testing condition, however, was waived.

But Tyquienco was ordered to write a letter of apology to the victim and USPS Postmaster Harry Wilcox that must be submitted to the U.S. Probation Office within 60 days after sentencing.

In addition, he will provide the U.S. Probation Office access to any requested information, and must perform 25 hours of community service which will be suspended if he is gainfully employed.

According to the grand jury charges, on or about March 6, 2017, Tyquienco did knowingly and unlawfully take a package intended to be conveyed by mail addressed to a Saipan resident in violation of Title 18, United States Code Section 1708.

Moreover, Tyquingco did knowingly and unlawfully embezzle a package intended to be conveyed by mail to the same Saipan resident from the Chalan Kanoa Post Office in violation of Title 18, United States Code Section 1709.

As part of the plea agreement, the mail-theft charge against Tyquienco was dropped by the U.S. government.