Louisiana postal worker pleads guilty to stealing mail

MONROE, La. – Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced today that a former Monroe post office employee pleaded guilty to stealing mail.

Tanasha Turner, 34, of Monroe, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen L. Hayes to one count of theft of mail matter by a postal service employee.

The plea will be final when accepted by U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. According to the guilty plea, the postmaster from a Monroe post office reported losses of mail from the Monroe Main Post Office and the Northside Station. Law enforcement agents conducted a surveillance operation April 12, 2017 at the Northside Station and tracked Turner taking a letter containing $45. Agents conducted a traffic stop of her vehicle and found Turner in possession of the letter. She admitted to taking the letter and numerous other first class letters beginning in December 2016.

Turner faces up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. The court set a February 18, 2018 sentencing date.

The U.S. Postal Service-Office of Inspector General conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary J. Mudrick is prosecuting the case.