Florida Postal Worker Pleads Guilty to Theft of Mail

A former United States postal worker has pled guilty to theft of mail she obtained from her delivery route in Hillsboro Beach, Florida.

Acting U.S. Attorney Benjamin G. Greenberg of the Southern District of Florida and Special Agent in Charge Maximo Eamiguel, United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General (USPS-OIG), Southern Area Field Office, made the announcement.

Charlene Joseph, 24, of Miami Gardens, pled guilty to one count of theft of mail by a postal employee. Sentencing is scheduled for September 26, 2017, before United States District Court Judge Beth Bloom. At sentencing, Joseph faces a statutory maximum of five years in prison.

According to court documents, including the agreed upon factual proffer, Joseph delivered and picked up mail on a route in Hillsboro Beach, beginning in 2015. In December 2015, Joseph stole four envelopes that had been placed in the outgoing mail slot of one of the condominium buildings along her route. The four envelopes contained Christmas cards with Walmart gift cards inside. Joseph unlawfully used three of the four Walmart gift cards at a Walmart store in Miramar. In addition, Joseph admitted to stealing approximately five credit cards from her delivery route to give another individual in exchange for payment. She personally used some of the stolen cards.

Mr. Greenberg commended the investigative efforts of the USPS-OIG in this matter. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared M. Strauss is prosecuting this case.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov