Marlene Cruz, a 40-year-old former mail carrier from Rochester, New York, has pleaded guilty to stealing mail. U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced the guilty plea, which could result in up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for Cruz. The case was presented before U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa.
Investigations began in January 2022 after the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) received multiple complaints of tampered mail. Cruz was identified as the mail carrier for the affected route. Between January 2022 and November 2023, Cruz was found to have opened mail items, stealing contents like cash, lottery tickets, and gift cards. In 2023, undercover investigators used mail integrity tests, placing cash and gift cards in greeting cards on Cruz’s route. Cruz was caught with a gift card from one of these test cards in November.
The investigation, led by the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General, culminates in Cruz’s sentencing, scheduled for May 9, 2023. This case highlights the serious consequences of mail theft by postal employees.
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