Postal Contractor Sentenced to Prison for Theft of $478K in USPS Property

inspectorIn San Antonio today, 68-year-old Marvis Charles Box of Converse, TX, was sentenced to three years in federal prison for stealing an estimated $478,000 of United States Postal Service equipment announced Acting United States Attorney Richard Durbin, Jr., and U.S. Postal Inspection Service Inspector in Charge Adrian Gonzalez, Houston Division.

In addition to the prison term, United States District Judge David A. Ezra ordered that Box pay $467,044.75 restitution to the U.S. Postal Service and be placed on supervised release for a period of three years after completing his prison term.

As a U.S. Postal Service contract employee, Box was responsible for transporting mail to and from the Canyon Lake Post Office. On approximately 175 occasions between August 22, 2012 and December 4, 2013, Box stole U.S. Postal Service mail transportation equipment, namely sacks, pouches, trays, metal containers, wire cages, pallets and other items. He subsequently sold the materials, including an estimated 418,000 pounds of metal to a San Antonio scrapyard, for personal financial gain. On May 30, 2014, Box pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government property.

This case was investigated by inspectors with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Assistant United States Attorney Michael R. Hardy prosecuted this case on behalf of the Government.

  • Puzzled

    Why would they not charge him with 175 counts of theft?

  • common sense

    What purpose would it serve? A jury would have to consider each and every count and arrive at a separate verdict for each one. It would cost the government a fortune, and the outcome probably wouldn’t be much different.