The feds say the mail carrier stole hundreds of checks from its mail route in Illinois
Hundreds of pieces of mail containing checks have disappeared from a Chicago neighborhood, and now the former mail carrier has pleaded guilty in federal court, authorities said.
Olivia Bryant said in her signed plea agreement He stole hundreds of pieces of mail Containing checks between approximately December 2020 and March 2021. The checks included COVID-19 stimulus checks and other checks to the US Treasury, authorities said.
On Thursday, September 14, she pleaded guilty to one count of theft of U.S. mail, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois.
The defense attorney representing Bryant, 35, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from McClatchy News on Sept. 19.
In one example, Bryant said she stole 11 pieces of first-class mail on March 17, 2021, according to court records.
Authorities said the mail, which was moved from her mailbag to her purse, contained five pieces of government property:
A check from the US Treasury for $250.
A check for $551 in Social Security benefits.
$212 tax refund.
Treasury check for $135.
Treasury check for $17.62.
Authorities said Bryant faces up to five years in federal prison. She is scheduled to be sentenced on December 7.
McClatchy News requested comment from the US Postal Service and was awaiting a response.