Crime & Courts

Feds: Ravn ramp agents stole more than 300 computers destined for rural schools

In a large-scale case of mail theft, at least six Ravn airline ramp agents stole more than 300 Apple computers meant for rural schools between 2015 and 2017, according to a federal indictment handed up Tuesday.

Their thefts totaled more than $489,000, the indictment said. The six have been charged with conspiring to steal mail.

Between March 2015 and April 2017, Congress Lepou, Breadoflife "Presley" Faiupu, Hubert Barte, Paulo Maae, Harold Velicaria, and Rogelio "Roger" Daquis took packages meant for villages from a U.S. Postal Service facility and drove them in a supervisor's truck to their personal cars. The items, which included computers and tobacco were then sold, the indictment said.

The computers were headed to schools in Saint Mary's, Mountain Village, Stebbins, Unalakleet, Emmonak, Kotlik, Alakanuk, Aniak, Greyling, Kalskag, Koyuk, the indictment said.