COVENTRY— A local mailman who was arrested last month for allegedly destroying and stealing mail pleaded not guilty in federal court Tuesday morning.
Standing before U.S. District Magistrate Judge Patricia Sullivan at his arraignment, Coventry mail carrier Matthew Golatto, 28, of Providence entered a not guilty plea for delaying delivery of mail and theft of mail.
Jim Martin, a spokesperson for Rhode Island U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha, explained that Golatto will remain released on the same conditions that were agreed upon during his court appearance before U.S. District Court Judge Magistrate Judge Lincoln Almond on July 30.
The case has now been assigned to U.S. Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi; future court dates have not been scheduled yet.
According to documents filed in the U.S. District Court, a complaint was made against Golatto by a Coventry resident. Following an investigation, multiple pieces of mail were recovered from Golatto’s personal vehicle, including 55 greeting card envelopes.
They also recovered 36 retail gift cards and a package that had allegedly been opened containing medicine mailed to a Coventry resident by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
If Golatto is convicted he could face up to five years in federal prison, three years of supervised release and up to a $250,000 fine.