BUFFALO -- Richard D’Arcy, Jr., 37, of Lancaster, pleaded guilty to theft of mail by a postal employee before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
A review of the Global Positioning System (GPS) used to track the delivery of mail parcels showed that on Aug. 1, 2016, D’Arcy drove through the portion of Route 53 on Fisher Road where the mail was supposed to be delivered. A comparison of the GPS data from the day before and the day after showed the postal carrier made many more stops and took much longer to deliver the same portion of Fisher Road.
A subsequent search of the defendant’s car uncovered multiple bundles of undelivered advertisements, placards, and First Class mail. D’Arcy opened some of the mail and took the contents, which included solicitations from various veterans groups, children's cancer foundations, and animal protection groups, which contained a $1 bill or other coin currency, seeking additional contributions from patrons.
Sentencing is scheduled for July 10.