Mississippi Postal Worker Pleads Guilty to Mail Theft

Jackson, Miss. – Calvin Taylor, 51, of Yazoo City, pled guilty today before U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves to embezzling parcels of mail during the course of his employment with the U.S. Postal Service, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Chris Cave with the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General, Southern Area Field Office.

Taylor was contracted to deliver mail between Jackson and various rural post offices, including those in Mayersville and Rolling Fork. In December 2016, agents were notified that expected mail was not being delivered along Taylor’s route. A subsequent operation run by investigators, utilizing monitored pieces of mail and surveillance, revealed that Taylor was taking parcels of mail that contained clothing and shoes. When stopped and confronted, Taylor admitted he had been taking parcels from the mail. Agents recovered the monitored pieces of mail and some additional items that were previously reported missing.

Taylor will be sentenced by Judge Reeves on June 25, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. He faces a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bert Carraway.