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Post Office employee’s case in High Court

A female post office employee, Lamala Lorraine Tufele, accused of using her position with the United States Post Office (USPS) to gain access to a package with ATM cards she allegedly used without authorization, has denied the charges against her.

Tufele is charged with two counts of stealing and is held on $10,000 bail. Each stealing count, a class C felony, carries a jail term of up to seven years imprisonment, a fine of up to $5,000, a fine equal to twice the amount gain from commission of said crime up to the maximum of $20,00 or both fine and imprisonment.

Tufele was arraigned in the High Court yesterday morning before Chief Justice Michael Kruse.

According to the government’s case the defendant is a federal employee with the USPS as a mail distribution clerk, mail sorter and customer service clerk. It’s alleged that last year November, Tufele gained access to mail which contained two Bank of Hawai’i credit cards and personal information of the two complaining witnesses.

Court documents state that Tufele’s photo was captured at both ATMs where she is alleged to have withdrawn the money.

Pre-trial conference for this defendant is scheduled for June 30, 2012.