780 AM | 96.1 FM 

“YOURS FOR WESTERN ALASKA”

(907) 443-5221

Leader of Mail Theft Conspiracy Is Sentenced; Worked for Ravn

Another Ravn Alaska employee has been sentenced for his involvement in stealing computers and other parcels that were destined for rural school districts.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s District of Alaska office, Congress Lepou will serve 12 months in prison for his lead role in a mail theft conspiracy. On Friday, the U.S. District Court Judge also ordered Lepou to pay $199,143 in restitution, based on the value of the 60 computers, countless phones, and tobacco products he stole between 2015 and 2017.

Court documents say the Bering Strait and Lower Yukon School Districts were both victims in this case. Alaska Public Media reported the computers were supposed to go to Saint Mary’s, Mountain Village, Stebbins, Unalakleet, Emmonak, Kotlik, Alakanuk, Koyuk, and other communities.

Lepou was one of six former Ravn employees involved in stealing the mail. According to court documents he and his co-defendant, BreadofLife Faiupu, “abused their positions as supervisors at Ravn Alaska to steal computers from the mail, and then recruited those they supervised to help find buyers for the stolen computers.”

Faiupu was sentenced in February to six months in a halfway house as well as five years of probation for his connection to the mail thefts.

Image at top: KNOM file photo.

Share this story

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Email

Recent Posts

Alaska Airlines Announces Upgrades Coming to Nome Airport

Alaska Airlines has unveiled a $60 million investment plan aimed at upgrading terminals and other facilities across the state. The initiative is part of the airline’s “Great Land Investment Plan” first launched in 2016. Upgrades to the airline’s 13 owned stations, including the Nome Airport, are included in the next

Read More »

Nome Swimming Pool Reopens After Major Renovations

The Nome Swimming Pool has reopened after extensive renovations to the water system. Originally built through grassroots fundraising efforts in the early 1980s, the pool has served as a gathering place for competitive and recreational swimmers alike. Melissa Ford serves as the Head Lifeguard of the facility and has worked

Read More »

More

Newsletter:

Christmas 2023

Work for Us:

Jobs

Contact

Nome:

(907) 443-5221 

Anchorage:

(907) 868-1200 

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that KNOM Radio Mission is located on the customary lands of Indigenous peoples. 

Based in the Bering Strait region, KNOM broadcasts throughout the homelands of the Iñupiaq, Siberian Yup’ik, Cup’ik and Yup’ik peoples.