Estelle Casimir, a housekeeper at West Point military academy, is facing up to two years in military prison if she is convicted of trying to steal a bag of frozen meatballs.
The U.S. attorney's office has charged Casimir with larceny and possession of stolen property, according to CBSNews.com.
Casimir pleaded not guilty at an arraignment last week in U.S. District Court in White Plains, New York.
If convicted, Casimir would face the same amount of time in prison that Trent Mays was sentenced to serve following his conviction in the Steubenville rape trial.
According to court papers, the operations manager on duty at West Point saw Casimir trying to hide a black bag with her hand and asked her what was in it back on Jan. 30.
“After some reluctance, the defendant revealed a bag of ‘completely frozen’ meatballs in the defendant’s possession; which coincidentally were on the menu for that evening’s dinner,” said court papers.
Asked by her supervisor why she didn’t throw it in a garbage area near the pantry, Casimir said she was taking it to a trash bin downstairs instead, reports Lohud.com. Casimir was later arrested.
Investigators say that Casimir is responsible for cleaning latrines in the mess hall, not handling or disposing of food.
She has been suspended from her job at Watson Services, the company that provides food services at the mess hall. She worked at the company for 28 years.