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            CONCORD – Monica Kemper, 36, of Laconia, pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday to conspiracy to commit bank fraud, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.

             According to court documents and statements made in court, on various occasions between January and April of 2020, Kemper and her partner, John Daigle, altered stolen checks and cashed or attempted to cash them at various banks in New Hampshire. Some of the checks were stolen from a community mailroom in Bedford and others from mailboxes in Manchester. On April 1, 2020, Kemper and Daigle attempted to use a stolen driver’s license to cash a check at a credit union. 

            On April 23, 2020, Kemper and Daigle were arrested by Manchester Police officers.  Officers searched a vehicle they had been driving and found over $16,000 in stolen checks, stolen credit cards, the stolen driver’s license used at the credit union on April 1, and various other pieces of stolen mail.

            Daigle previously pleaded guilty on August 6, 2020 and is awaiting sentencing.

            Kemper is scheduled to be sentenced on February 25, 2021.  

            “Fraud crimes involving stolen mail can damage victims in a variety of ways,” said U.S. Attorney Murray.  “In order to protect the integrity of the mail and our financial system, we will work closely with our law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute the criminals who attempt to profit by stealing mail and defrauding banks with stolen checks.”

            “The theft of mail in the furtherance of various fraud schemes has a significant financial and emotional impact on its victims,” says Chief Allen Aldenberg.  “Hopefully, the charges that both Mr. Daigle and Ms. Kemper now face will serve as a warning to all would-be mail thieves that there are serious consequences for this type of activity.”

             This matter was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service in cooperation with the Manchester Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Georgiana L. MacDonald.

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