People in Massachusetts and elsewhere rely on the postal service to send and receive mail. Sometimes, individuals may rob mailboxes in an attempt at getting checks, cash or other valuable items, but people normally don’t suspect their mail carrier of stealing mail. Unfortunately, one postal worker in Massachusetts was recently arrested and accused of just that.
Mail theft and arrest
A 32-year-old man was a postal service employee with the United States Postal Service in Whitinsville. Reports state that the man allegedly stole packages from customers that he was supposed to deliver. Apparently, included in the packages were collector’s coins and other valuable items.
The postal worker was indicted on three counts of mail theft, and he was released and ordered to appear in federal court to answer the charges. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison and up to three years supervised release, and he may have to pay a fine as much as $250,000. The case is being prosecuted by an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the Worchester Branch Office.
Presumption of innocence
Although the charges against the postal worker are serious, he is still presumed innocent unless and until he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. As such, he will want to make his court appearance alongside experienced legal counsel. A criminal defense attorney in Massachusetts can challenge all evidence prosecutors plan to use in the trial and fight hard to help the man obtain the best outcome possible.