Muskegon postal worker sentenced for ‘thoughtless, stupid’ mail thefts in 2019

MUSKEGON, Mich. — A 20-year Muskegon postal employee who admitted to taking gift cards and coupons from the mail was placed on probation for offenses his attorney called “a thoughtless, stupid act.’’

Andrew M. Chopp, Jr., 63, was indicted last fall for theft of mail. He was accused of removing cash and other items of value from letters, packages and bags in Muskegon County.

“Mr. Chopp’s motive for stealing the mail is a mystery,’’ defense attorney Donald W. Garthe wrote in a sentencing memorandum. “It was completely out of character for him.’’

Chopp, a former baseball coach at Grand Valley State University, pleaded guilty to the federal mail theft charge in November.

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