Former cargo handler sentenced to 6 months

TWA employee admitted possessing stolen mail

September 15, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A former TWA cargo worker who loaded planes carrying mail from Baltimore to Hawaii received a six-month sentence yesterday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore for possessing stolen mail.

Peter Bamidele Adeyemi, 46, of Hyattsville, a former baggage handler at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Frederic N. Smalkin, who recommended that the term be served in a halfway house, prosecutors said.

Adeyemi, also known as Peter James, pleaded guilty in May to possession of stolen mail.

In June last year, officials said, federal postal inspectors monitoring Adeyemi at the airport found two pieces of postmarked mail in his possession -- both of which contained credit card "convenience" checks addressed to people in Hawaii.

A later search of Adeyemi's home yielded an additional 318 pieces of stolen mail, which resulted in a loss of more than $200,000, officials said.

The judge also ordered that Adeyemi be put on a year of supervised probation, including four months of home detention with electronic monitoring.

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