A 36-year-old Covington man pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to taking $600 in postal stamps while he was a letter carrier at a Metairie post office.

Michael Roig, 36, entered a guilty plea to embezzlement of mail matter in U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan’s court, U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente said in a news release.

He is scheduled for sentencing Dec. 4 and faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

Roig was working for the post office on May 15, 2012 when he removed a package addressed to a Rouses Supermarket from a delivery bin, that he recognized as containing postage stamps, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. Postal Service agents confronted Roig after he opened the package, which contained more than $600 in stamps, and he admitted he intended to take the stamps.

The matter was investigated by the United States Postal Service-Office of Inspector General.