West Sacramento Postal Employee Sentenced to Prison for Stealing Packages that Contained Drugs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Celeste Pang, 42, of Olivehurst, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. to six months in prison and a $2,000 fine for embezzlement of mail by postal employee, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, Pang, a postal employee at the West Sacramento post office, identified what she believed to be drug parcels and rerouted them to her personal residence. For over a year and a half, Pang stole parcels from the post office by replacing the original tracking label with an insured tracking label and replacing the original address label with a label bearing her home address. Agents intercepted one of the stolen packages before it reached Pang’s residence. That package contained 10 pounds of marijuana.

This case was the product of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron L. Desmond prosecuted the case.

Pang is scheduled to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on June 24.

  • coast office worker

    Pleased to see that USPS and DOJ are finally cracking down on postal thieves. In the past, the norm has been to quietly get the accused employee to resign with usually no further punishment other than, perhaps, restitution.