Upstate NY Postal Carrier Charged with Obstructing the Mail

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Priscilla Czyz, age 37, of Cato, New York, has been charged with obstructing the mail, announced Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon Special Agent in Charge Matthew Modafferi, United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General (USPS-OIG), Northeast Area Field Office.

Czyz was arraigned today in federal court in Syracuse by videoconference before United States Magistrate Judge Andrew T. Baxter. The charge against Czyz alleges that she obstructed the mail while working as a postal carrier by willfully failing to deliver mail entrusted to the United States Postal Service for delivery in Onondaga County, New York between September 24, 2020, and October 7, 2020. Czyz was released pending further proceedings.

The charge filed against Czyz carries a maximum sentence of 6 months in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.

The charge filed against Czyz is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This case is being investigated by USPS-OIG, and it is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael F. Perry.