The federal court handed down yesterday a sentence of 24 months in probation against a man who stole a package from the Chalan Kanoa post office while employed as a postal officer of the U.S. Postal Service.
U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona ordered Mark Champaco Tyquiengco to pay a $3,000 fine and $100 in special assessment fee, and write a letter of apology to the victim, Victor Salas, and to the U.S. Postal Service Saipan addressed to U.S. Postmaster Harry Wilcox.
Tyquiengco was required to perform 25 hours of community service, which shall be suspended if he is employed.
Assistant U.S. attorney James Benedetto, counsel for the U.S. government, agreed with the recommendation of the U.S. Probation Office for a probationary term of 24 months and a $1,000 fine.
“The government believes that imposition of a probationary sentence and fine, given the facts and circumstances of this case, will avoid any unwarranted sentencing disparity with others convicted of the same crime,” said Benedetto.
Defense counsel Robert T. Torres also agreed with the recommendation of the U.S. Probation Office.
Torres said Tyquiengco’s actions were out of character and a term of supervised probation will allow him to show his true character.
“He is a person worth saving and can and should do better in the community rather than be isolated from it,” said Torres.
Tyquiengco pleaded guilty last August to theft of mail by a postal service employee.
The original indictment charged him with mail theft and theft of mail. The remaining charge was dropped.