Man serving state time sentenced to federal prison for money order fraud

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted Jan. 27, 2012, at 5 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Madison man who is serving time at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to six months in federal prison for having others cash three stolen money orders for him that had been stolen from the U.S. post office in the town of Detroit.

In addition to prison time, Steven Ovid Dumont, 30, was sentenced to three years of supervised release. U.S. District Judge John Woodcock also ordered Dumont to pay $485 in restitution.

Dumont pleaded guilty on Aug. 25 in federal court in Bangor to three counts of postal money order fraud. Woodcock sentenced him to six months on each of the counts, to be served concurrently, but after he is finished serving his sentences on state charges.

He is incarcerated in Windham on probation revocation convictions for burglary and theft convictions in 2002 in Somerset County. Dumont was on probation on those charges in the spring of 2006 when he obtained the stolen money orders, according to the prosecution version of events to which he pleaded guilty. How Dumont came to posses the money orders was not included in court documents.

The theft was reported on May 27, 2006, nearly a month after Dumont had cashed them, according to court documents. Dumont reportedly stole his former girlfriend’s car and went to Montgomery County, Pa., located in the the southeastern corner of the state. He was arrested there and sentenced to more than year in prison.

Dumont was paroled in February 2007 from a prison in Pennsylvania, Assistant U.S. Attorney James McCarthy said Friday after the sentencing in Bangor. That parole was revoked twice. It was while serving his sentence for the second revocation that Dumont walked away from a work release program in November 2010 and fled to Maine, the federal prosecutor said. Dumont was arrested the following month in Newport, according to a previously published report.

He is not expected to be released from the Maine Correctional Center until May or June 2013, McCarthy said. Dumont then would either be returned to face an escape charge in Pennsylvania or begin serving his federal sentence. Dumont will not begin serving his federal supervised release until he has served all of his prison time on federal and state charges, the federal prosecutor said.

Dumont faced up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each of the postal fraud charges.

CORRECTION:

An early version of the story said Dumont broke into the post office. He was never charged in connection with the burglary.

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