NY Letter Carrier Sentenced for Discarding Mail in Woods

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Tanner Brown, 25, of Cobleskill, New York, was sentenced today in federal court in Syracuse to 18 months of Probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, after previously pleading guilty to one felony count of delaying the mail, announced Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon and Special Agent in Charge Matthew Modafferi, United States Postal Service-Office of Inspector General (USPS-OIG), Northeast Area Field Office. Continue reading

Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 11 Years in Federal Prison for Trafficking Cocaine in Maryland and Bribing Letter Carriers to Deliver it

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis sentenced Russell Stanley III, age 40, of Bowie, Maryland, today to 11 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine, conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States, and bribery of a government official. Continue reading

Omaha man sentenced for theft of mail by a postal empolyee

Acting United States Attorney Jan Sharp announced that Austin M. Thomas, 30, of Omaha, Nebraska, was sentenced today in federal court in Omaha for theft of mail by a postal employee. The Honorable Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced Thomas to 5 years of probation. Thomas will be required to pay restitution.

In 2019, federal agents began investigating after opened mail was located in a blue postal collection box in east Omaha. Agents determined that the mail consisting largely of greeting cards had likely been deposited for collection in west Omaha before being stolen, opened, and dumped in east Omaha. A city employee doing landscaping later located several more bags of opened mail in a trashcan at Norwick Park and a citizen later located two more bags of mail in a trashcan at the same park. Agents were able to identify Thomas as their suspect by tracking a gift card stolen from one of the pieces of mail. Thomas was employed at the time as a Lead Sales and Services Associate for the United States Postal Service. When interviewed, Thomas admitted to stealing mail from the West Omaha Postal Station. Agents identified the senders of approximately 222 pieces of stolen mail and those citizens reported losses of approximately $5,829.

This case was investigated by the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General.