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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Postal Worker arrested, charged with stealing diamonds, other items

BUFFALO, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Jeremy Lieberman, 34, Rochester, N.Y., was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with embezzlement by an employee of the United States. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. 

            Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Field, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, Lieberman worked as a mail handler with the United States Postal Service.  While on the job, the defendant rifled through and stole coins, jewelry, diamonds and other valuables from packages being mailed. Lieberman then sold the stolen items at area pawn shops and gold exchanges.

            The criminal complaint is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General, under the direction Special Agent in Charge Robert Lapina.   

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