Two U.S. Mail Carriers Indicted for Delaying and Stealing Mail
BIRMINGHAM – A federal grand jury today indicted two U.S. Postal Service employees for delaying and stealing mail, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and Postal Service Office of Inspector General Special Agent in Charge Kenny Smith.
In separate indictments filed in U.S. District Court, the grand jury charged JENNIFER NICOLE HAYES, 29, of Madison, and ANNIE MELISSA HENDERSON, 36, of Leeds, with the postal violations.
The indictment against Hayes charges that, while employed as a mail carrier at the Madison Post Office on Dec. 21, 2011, Hayes delayed mail meant for delivery. It also charges that on Jan. 7, 2012, she embezzled a letter containing a department store gift card.
The indictment against Henderson charges that, on Jan. 6, 2012, while employed as a mail carrier at the Leeds Post Office, Henderson both delayed mail and embezzled a letter containing a department store gift card.
The maximum penalty for both delay and theft of mail is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The Postal Service Office of Inspector General investigated the cases. Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank M. Salter is prosecuting the cases.
Members of the public are reminded that an indictment contains only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent and it will be the government’s burden to prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.
If you believe your organization has expertise or resources that could improve outcomes for ex-offenders re-entering society, please e-mail our Community Outreach Coordinator at Jeremy.Sherer@usdoj.gov
or call 205-244-2019.
The Office of U.S. Attorney
Joyce White Vance
Natural Disaster Fraud Hotline
Members of the public can report fraud, waste, abuse or allegations of mismanagement involving disaster relief operations through the Hotline, toll free, at (866) 720-5721 or the Disaster Fraud e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see the News Release Justice Department Officials Raise Awareness of Disaster Fraud Hotline