Ohio carrier charged with stealing more than 700 pieces of mail

A mail carrier from North Olmsted was charged with one count of willful obstruction of the passage of mail, law enforcement officials said.

Alaina Chalkley, 36, took 24 pieces of first-class mail, 17 gift cards, 14 tobacco mailers, 694 pieces of undelivered mail and an envelope containing lottery tickets worth $5. This took place between March and July 2017, according to the criminal information.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after reviewing factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

The case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Danielle K. Angeli following an investigation by the U.S. Postal Service – Office of Inspector General.

An information is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.