Postal Worker Pleads Guilty to Mail Theft

BOSTON – A former U.S. Postal Service mail carrier pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to stealing mail containing gift cards.

Brian Thibodeau, 48, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of mail by an employee of the U.S. Postal Service. U.S. Senior District Court Judge Mark L. Wolf scheduled sentencing for Dec. 13, 2021. Thibodeau was indicted on Feb. 10, 2021.

Beginning in 2001, Thibodeau worked as a letter carrier in the Saugus Post Office. In 2020, Thibodeau stole customers’ gift cards sent in the mail and spent them for his personal use. Thibodeau admitted to stealing approximately $2,000 worth of gift cards from postal customers on his route.

The charging statute provides for a sentence of up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release, a fine of $250,000, or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater; and restitution. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell and Matthew Modafferi, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General, Northeast Area Office made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugenia M. Carris, Deputy Chief of Mendell’s Public Corruption & Special Prosecutions Unit, is prosecuting the case.


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