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Postal employee pleads guilty to stealing mail


BUFFALO -- Percy Jackson, 29, of Buffalo, 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.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Maura K. O’Donnell, who is handling the case, stated that in the spring of 2017, while working as a mail processing clerk at the United States Postal Service Buffalo Processing & Distribution Center, the defendant rifled through mail he was entrusted to sort. Jackson opened envelopes intended to be delivered via U.S. mail, and removed gift cards and cash totaling $460.

The plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the United States Postal Service, Office of the Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Monica Weyler, Eastern Area Field Office, Philadelphia, PA.

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 27.