March 25, 2013


A housekeeper at West Point military academy could face up to two years in military prison if convicted of trying to steal a bag of frozen meatballs.

The U.S. attorney's office said Estelle Casimir, 56, was charged with larceny and possession of stolen property, according to The Journal News, and pleaded not guilty at an arraignment last week in Middletown. Her lawyer, Michael Ferraro, would not comment on the case.

Big banks can steal the homes from millions of Americans without setting foot inside a jail cell, but military prison over a bag of crappy frozen meatballs?!? Putting a little more perspective on this, Ms. Casimir would face the same amount of time in prison as Trent Mays was sentenced to serve following his conviction in the Steubenville rape trial.

According to a signed affidavit, the operations manager on duty at West Point, spotted Casimir trying to hide a black bag with her hand and asked her what it was.

"Nothing, it is garbage," Casimir reportedly replied.

After some reluctance, Casimir revealed the bag of meatballs, the affidavit states.


Investigators say that Casimir is responsible for cleaning latrines in the mess hall, and that her job does not include the handling or disposing of food.

Court papers do not specify the number of meatballs involved. A company official who declined to give his name said Casimir is suspended, pending the outcome of the case. Casimir said she’s been looking for housecleaning work.

“I just sit in the house,” she said. “I don’t have anything to do.”

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