9/27/2016 – BUFFALO, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Nichole Crosson, 23, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of opening mail without lawful authority, was sentenced to two years probation by U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael j. Roemer. The defendant was also ordered to pay $1,729.21 in restitution.
Assistant U.S. Attorney John D. Fabian, who handled the case, stated that the defendant, a former United States Postal Service mail carrier, opened mail and removed gift cards and cash while working as a mail carrier. For instance, Crosson removed $50 in cash from a greeting card intended for delivery to a resident in West Seneca, NY in April 2016. Between January 1, 2016 and April 15, 2016, the defendant removed cash and gift cards totaling $1,729.21 from a number of mailings.
The sentencing 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., with the assistance of the Eden Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael J. Felschow.
Crosson was a City Carrier Assistant (CCA) hired October 5, 2015.