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East St. Louis Post Office Supersivor Pleads Guilty To Stealing Packages

uspsoigThe United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today that Jane Johanna Emily, a/k/a Jane Moeller, 41, of St. Louis, Missouri, pled guilty in federal district court on April 22, 2014, to charges that she opened and stole packages from the U.S. Mail.

The federal grand jury charged Emily with Obstruction of Mail, Theft of U.S. Mail by a Postal Employee, and Opening of Mail. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and up to 3 years of supervised release. The sentencing hearing is set for August 8, 2014.

The case was investigated by agents of the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Liam Coonan.

Maine PMR pleads guilty to theft of postal funds

uspsoigBangor, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that NicoleDumond, 33, of Greenbush, Maine, pled guilty today in U.S. District Court to stealing postalfunds.

According to court records, between November 2012 and January 2013, Dumond was employed by the U.S. Postal Service as Postmaster Relief in Greenbush, Maine. Postmaster Relief performs as a relief or leave replacement during the absence of a postmaster. In that capacity, Dumond stole over $1,000 she received from customers for money orders and postage stamps.

Dumond faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or both. She will be sentenced after completion of a pre-sentence report by the United States Probation Office.

The investigation was conducted by the Office of Inspector General of the United States Postal Service.

Video: Thieves Targeting South Florida Mailboxes for Tax Refunds

The United States Postal Service says thieves are getting into mailboxes using counterfeit keys to steal tax returns.

In a video obtained exclusively by NBC 6, U.S. postal inspectors said William Gomez is seen inside a Coral Gables apartment building using an unauthorized key to gain access to the mailboxes.

via Thieves Targeting South Florida Mailboxes for Tax Refunds | NBC 6 South Florida.

Kentucky postal worker pleads guilty to federal drug and theft charges

A former Pike County postal worker has pleaded guilty to charges of misappropriation of postal funds and selling or distributing oxycodone.

According to court documents, on Tuesday, Sherry Jo Justice, 52, of Pikeville, pleaded guilty to the charges, and faces a maximum prison sentence of 10 years on the postal funds charge and a maximum sentence of 20 years on the oxycodone charge upon sentencing, set for Aug. 13.

Read more: Former postal worker pleads guilty to federal drug and theft charges – Appalachian News-Express: News – Former postal worker pleads guilty to federal drug and theft charges: News.

PA postmaster sentenced for embezzling post office funds

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A Murrysville man will spend six months on home detention for embezzling $13,255 from an Armstrong County post office, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

Lawrence F. Stoken III, 47, of Murrysville, pleaded guilty in December to misappropriating postal funds. The postmaster at the Rural Valley post office between October 2011 and March 2013, he pocketed money customers paid for stamps and money orders, prosecutors said.

Read more: Rural Valley postmaster sentenced for embezzling post office funds | TribLIVE.

Video: Robber steals Florida letter carrier’s master key

Investigators hope surveillance video will lead them to the man who robbed a postal employee.

Thousands of mailboxes may be in jeopardy after a robber stole a valuable postal key from a mail carrier Monday in Lauderhill.

The robbery happened about 5 p.m. Monday as the letter carrier was delivering mail at the Continental Apartments, 1761 NW 46th Ave, according to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Read more: Robber steals Lauderhill mail carrier's postal key – Sun Sentinel.

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Wisconsin rural carrier sentenced for stealing mail

A former Janesville postal carrier was sentenced Tuesday for stealing mail, according to a state Department of Justice release.

Kristy Hollibrush, 43, was sentenced to two years’ probation and $1,225 in restitution for the theft, officials said. Hollibrush pleaded guilty to the charge Nov. 13.

Hollibrush worked as a rural letter carrier with the U.S. Post Office in Janesville since 1999, according to the release. From late 2011 through September 2012, Hollibrush took items from the mail that she was supposed to deliver.

Read more: Former postal carrier sentenced for stealing mail | Crime | Rock County News.

Deadly Letters: Connecticut Woman, 94, An Unlikely Victim Of 2001 Anthrax Mail Attacks

For weeks Ottilie Lundgren hadn’t been able to shake a pesky cold, so when her niece Shirley Davis visited her Oxford home on a Friday morning and found the 94-year-old woman was having difficulty breathing, they went to the hospital.

“I remember she kept telling me, ‘I don’t know why I am so sick. What could have happened to me that I’m still sick?’ I’ve never had anything like this before,’ ” Davis recalled recently. “Oh Lord, if she only knew the truth.”

Lundgren loved to read a good mystery but seemed an unlikely candidate to become a central character in one.

But that is exactly what happened after Davis brought her to Griffin Hospital in Derby on Nov. 16, 2001. For days doctors did tests trying to find out what was making Lundgren so sick. It wasn’t until one doctor tested for anthrax that the reality set in — somehow a mostly housebound elderly woman had been poisoned with the same anthrax that had been sent to U.S. senators and media outlets.

Read more: Deadly Letters: Oxford Woman, 94, An Unlikely Victim Of 2001 Anthrax Mail Attacks – Courant.com.

Man sentenced for robbing postal worker

Brandon B. Handy of Opelousas has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for assaulting and robbing a U.S. Postal Service contract carrier.

United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley said that sentence against Handy, 33, was handed down by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote. Handy was also sentenced to five years of supervised release once he serves his prison time.

During a two-day trail, Finley said witness testimony and documents admitted into evidence established that Handy and another individual wearing masks and armed with a pistol robbed a U.S. Postal Service contract driver on Aug. 13, 2011, at the Lawtell Post Office.

Read more: Man sentenced for robbing postal worker | Daily World | dailyworld.com.

California letter carrier arrested for Workers’ Comp fraud

13768258403_046574a541_mLOS ANGELES, Calif. – Wayne Lu, 53 of Torrance is in custody on charges of alleged workers’ compensation fraud associated with an injury received during his employment with the U.S. Postal Service. Detectives from the California Department of Insurance, with the assistance of U.S. Postal Inspectors, arrested Lu on Tuesday, April 8 in Manhattan Beach.

“Workers’ compensation fraud is not a victimless crime,” said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. “Fraudulent claims inflate premiums for all consumers and cast unnecessary doubt on workers that are truly injured and deserve timely treatment and rehabilitation.”

California Department of Insurance Detectives and United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General Special Agents conducted a joint investigation and learned that Lu was working as a massage therapist despite his claims of shoulder injury. Surveillance and undercover operations by Fraud Division Detectives proved that Lu was a working massage therapist and failed to report said employment or improvement of condition to the United States Department of Labor, the entity that handles workers’ compensation for the U.S. Postal Service.

Detectives from CDI’s Fraud Division are currently part of a task force operated by the Office of Inspector General – Postal Inspection Unit, focused on investigating and arresting postal employees who are suspected of committing insurance fraud in the State of California. Wayne Lu is charged with one felony count of insurance fraud and the case will be prosecuted by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.