Postal Clerk Pleads Guilty to Stealing Prescription Painkillers from Mail and Burglarizing Post Office

US-Department-Of-Justi_fmtBIRMINGHAM — A former U.S. Postal Service clerk in Tuscaloosa pleaded guilty today to stealing prescription painkillers from the mail and to breaking into the Skyland Post Office, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, Postal Service Office of Inspector General Special Agent in Charge Max Eamiguel, of the Southern Area Field Office, and Postal Inspection Service Team Leader Frank Dyer.

NICHOLAS STEVEN DAVIS, 42, of Tuscaloosa, entered his guilty plea before U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler. Davis admitted stealing a medical parcel containing about 180 tablets of hydrocodone from the mail on July 6, 2012, while he worked as a distribution clerk at the Skyland Post Office. The parcel was addressed to someone on Lake Lurleen in Coker, Ala.

Davis also pleaded guilty to breaking into the Skyland Post Office on June 15, 2014, intending to commit theft, after he was fired from the Postal Service.

The maximum penalty for the charges Davis pleaded guilty to is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. No sentencing date has been set.

The Postal Service OIG and the Postal Inspection Service investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Salter is prosecuting.