03/22/2013 12:33 pm ET

Estelle Casimir, West Point Worker, Allegedly Stole Meatballs, Faces Military Prison Time

A housekeeper at the U.S. Military Academy could go to military prison after she allegedly stole a frozen bag of meatballs from a West Point, N.Y. mess hall.

In January, supervisors caught civilian Estelle Casimir, 56, toting a garbage bag in a dining hall section she wasn't assigned to, The Journal News reported. When she revealed the stolen meatballs -- meant for that night's dinner -- military police arrested her on larceny and possession of stolen property, both federal charges.

Casimir, from Newburgh, N.Y., pleaded not guilty on March 15 at her arraignment, the Associated Press reported. She maintains that she "found the bag in a trash container" and was on her way to throw them out.

Watson Services, the food services company West Point uses, suspended Casimir, pending the case's outcome. Court papers say she's since been looking for housekeeping work, according to Journal News.

The 56 year old will return to court in April. If convicted, the maximum penalty is a $1,000 fine and one year in a military prison on each count.


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