BANGOR, Maine — A Glenburn man was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to two years of probation and ordered to pay 26 cents in restitution for stealing what he believed to be narcotics intended for veterans.
Chad Bitgood, 38, also was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, according to information posted on the court’s electronic case filing system.
Bitgood pleading guilty in January to one count each of theft of government property and attempted possession of a controlled substance.
By pleading guilty, Bitgood admitted that on April 27, 2015, while working as a delivery truck driver for United Parcel Service, he stole a package belonging to the Veterans Administration that he believed to contain narcotic medications, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
The package was being monitored by VA investigators. When confronted by investigators, Bitgood admitted he stole the package with the intention of consuming any narcotics he found inside.
The package instead contained acetaminophen valued at 26 cents, the U.S. attorney’s office said Wednesday.
Bitgood faced up to a year in prison on each count and fines of up to $100,000.