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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Postal Worker Charged With Stealing Mail

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A postal worker has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of theft of mail by a postal employee, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The two-count indictment, returned on March 5, named Christopher L. Demorest, Sr., 39, of Greensburg, Pa., as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, on or about March 29, 2012, Demorest, a Postal Service employee, embezzled a greeting card, which had been entrusted to him and which had come into his possession intended to be conveyed by mail. The indictment also charges that on or about April 25, 2012, Demorest embezzled two additional greeting cards.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $500,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Mary McKeen Houghton is prosecuting this case on behalf of the United States.

The United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated July 14, 2015