NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – KYLE ARMSTONG, age 19, and KAREEM MADISON, age 27, both residents of New Orleans, Louisiana, were charged on December 16, 2021 for theft or receipt of stolen mail matter and unlawful possession of postal key. MADISON was also charged for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
In Count 1 of the indictment, ARMSTRONG and MADISON are charged with stealing U.S. Mail matter from a post office letter box located at the Metairie Main Post Office, Metairie, LA 70002. If convicted, ARMSTRONG and MADISON face up to five (5) years imprisonment. In Count 2, ARMSTRONG and MADISON are charged with unlawfully possessing a key adopted by the Postal Service and in use on authorized receptacle for the deposit of mail matter with the intent unlawfully and improperly to use the same. If convicted, ARMSTRONG and MADISON face up to ten (10) years imprisonment. In Count 3 of the indictment, MADISON is charged for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. If convicted, MADISON faces up to ten (10) years imprisonment. Each count carries additional penalties of a period of up to (3) years supervised release, a fine up to $250,000, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.00.
U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the U.S. Postal Service Inspection Service and Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office in investigating this matter. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Rachal Cassagne and Dall Kammer are in charge of the prosecution.