Minnesota letter carrier sentenced to probation for mail theft

US-Department-Of-Justi_fmtMINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court, a former U.S. postal carrier was sentenced for stealing from the mail he delivered. United States District Court Judge John R. Tunheim sentenced Giang Nguyen, age 49, of Superior, Wisconsin, to two years of probation, along with payment of restitution, and 100 hours of community service on one count of theft of mail by a postal employee. Nguyen was charged via an Information on September 6, 2012, and pleaded guilty on September 26, 2012.

Following today’s sentencing, Pete Gately, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Postal Service-Office of Inspector General (“USPS-OIG”), said, “The majority of U.S. Postal Service employees are dedicated public servants who take great pride in ensuring the sanctity and security of the U.S. Mail. Unfortunately, Giang Nguyen betrayed the trust placed in him, and his actions resulted in deserved consequences for violating that trust. Today’s outcome demonstrates the ongoing commitment of the USPS-OIG and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to vigorously investigate and prosecute those matters. The public can remain confident that the USPS-OIG will continue to ensure the security of their mail.”

In his plea agreement, Nguyen admitted that from March 2010 to January 7, 2011, he removed applications for Menards rebate checks, the actual rebate checks, and Menards Big Game Money Cards from the mail he was entrusted to deliver. During this period, Nguyen was employed by the Duluth Post Office. Nguyen used the rebate checks and Big Game Money Cards that he stole to make purchases at Menards. He also altered the stolen rebate check applications so that Menards would issue the checks to him, rather than the customers on his route. In total, Nguyen stole at least 77 pieces of mail intended for Menards and residents on his route. Through his activity, Nguyen stole at least $1,456.75.

This case was the result of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Service-Office of Inspector General. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys John E. Kokkinen and Lola Velazquez-Aguilu.