Bangor man pleads guilty to stealing, cashing checks taken from mailboxes

Posted Oct. 19, 2013, at 12:44 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 19, 2013, at 1:37 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A local man waived indictment and admitted Friday in U.S. District Court to stealing envelopes last year with checks in them intended to pay rent, utilities, credit card, medical and other bills from mailboxes in Bangor, Ellsworth and Trenton.

David Blaine Fisher of Bangor pleaded guilty to one count of theft of mail. He was released on $5,000 unsecured bond. A sentencing date has not been set.

By pleading guilty he admitted to taking the envelopes containing checks from at least eight residential mailboxes. Fisher would take the checks and use them to purchase merchandise or cash them at the Home Depot in Ellsworth, Hannaford in Brewer and a Walmart store, according to the prosecution version of events.

Sometimes he altered the amount on the check, the court document said. Other times, he used the checks to purchase merchandise and later returned it for cash. His motive for the thefts is not included in court documents.

In total, Fisher stole nearly $2,200 from individuals between October and December 2012. He is expected to be ordered to pay restitution to the victims.

Fisher faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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