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Postal employee pleads guilty to stealing mail

STAFF REPORTS


BUFFALO -- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Thomas Cyphert, 65, of Angola, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to theft of mail matter by a postal employee. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas A. Penrose, who is handling the case, stated that on October 10, 2018, personnel at the Hamburg, NY Post Office observed what appeared to be undelivered mail in the personal vehicle of the defendant, who was employed as a postal carrier at the time. Investigators subsequently recovered 14 tubs of undelivered mail, including First Class mail, standard letter mail, and non-profit/bulk mail from the Cyphert’s vehicle. A subsequent search of the defendant’s home resulted in the recovery of an additional 27 tubs of undelivered mail. In total, investigators recovered over 1,500 pieces of First Class mail. 

The plea is the result of an investigation by Special Agents of the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kenneth Cleevely; Town of Evans Police Department Chief Douglas Czora; and Special Agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 11, 2019, at 12:30 p.m. before Judge Arcara.