Former postal worker is charged with stealing Netflix videos, gift cards

The following information was released by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri:

Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a former postal employee was charged in federal court today with stealing hundreds of Netflix movies, gift cards and other mail.

Felipe S. Lara, 35, of Blue Springs, Mo., waived his right to a grand jury and was charged in a federal information with theft of mail matter by an employee.

Lara was employed as a rural carrier associate for the U.S. Postal Service. From June 19, 2009, through Feb. 15, 2011, Lara allegedly removed 120 Netflix DVDs and approximately 1,000 pieces of mail, including gift cards valued at $215, from the mail that he was supposed to deliver in the 64151-64155 zip codes.

According to court documents, the federal investigation began when Netflix alerted the Postal Service about high volume losses in those zip codes. Investigators conducted a trash pull at Lara’s residence and found hundreds of pieces of mail that weren’t addressed to him. A search warrant was executed on Feb. 15, 2011, and investigators found the DVDs from Netflix and the gift cards, as well as two black trash bags that contained 444 pieces of mail, 80 rifled envelopes and several magazines, none of which was addressed to Lara.

The total loss alleged as a result of Lara’s actions is $2,560, which includes individual victim losses of $513 and Netflix losses of $2,046.

  • Retired 44

    Can’t get passed a week, without reading about Netflix thefts by postal employees….Another idiot, about to be charged in Federal Court, possible jail time, fine, loss of job, health benefits and pension . The best part for this moron’s criminal behavior is, it will be stapled to every job application for the rest of his life. Hope he at least enjoyed viewing the flicks…..

  • SIRWALKALOT

    This was an RCA, no health benefits or pension.

  • Mr_Postman

    Dear Retired 44:

    I have to disagree with you about his record ruining him for the rest of his life. There’s hope…

    For instance, have you read about Darrel Issa in his Wikipedia biography at – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darrell_Issa ?

    This RCA could become a “consultant” for Netflix, make a ton of money, and run for Congress.

    If a former “alledged” car thief and arsonist can do it, I’m sure Mr. Lara can too.

  • Retired 44

    Mr. Postman,

    Good point!

  • AGENT 47

    His actions are astounding and surprising to say the least. Word is that even his closest friends had no idea that it was going on, aside from his extremely odd behavior nearing the time of his arrest. To say his actions are an embarassment to the post office & it’s current employees, is a gross understatement, as well as a flagrant display of dishonor. That being said, all of us can only imagine what was going on in his head while the crimes were being commited. I feel badly for his family and what they’ll have to endure because of his actions, as well. I wish them all the very best, and aside from his horrific choices on the job, i’m sure that he was an enjoyable person to know. His behavior in no way reflects the honor and pride associated with letter carriers. In the end, it’s an incredibly rare, but absolute shame.