Former Rochester Postal Employee Arrested For Stealing Smartphones From The Mail

2/22/17 ROCHESTER, N.Y.—Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Bobby Bullard, Jr., 35, of Rochester, NY, was arrested and charged in a criminal complaint with theft by a government employee. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

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Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig R. Gestring, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, the defendant used to work as a Mail Handler Associate at the U.S. Mail Processing and Distribution Center in Rochester. While employed, Bullard was seen rifling through packages that he was supposed to be sorting. Special Agents from the Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General conducted surveillance on three separate occasions and recorded Bullard taking packages containing smart phones off the sorting conveyor belt. Agents watched as the defendant covertly opened the packages, removed the smart phones inside, put them in his pocket, and then threw the empty packaging materials away. Agents recovered several cell phones from Bullard at the time of contact and also recovered the discarded packages. Bullard is no longer a Postal Service employee.

The criminal complaint is the culmination of an investigation by Special Agents of the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge is Monica Weyler.

Bullard made an initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Marian W. Payson and was released to the Irondequoit Police Department to answer outstanding traffic warrants. The defendant will return to Federal Court on March 21, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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