United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Trinity County Woman Indicted By Federal Grand Jury For Stealing U.S. Mail And Possession Of Stolen U.S. Mail
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Thursday, April 11, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Veronica Marie Gray, 43, of Lewiston, was charged by a federal grand jury with four counts of stealing U.S. mail and possession of stolen U.S. mail United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. GRAY is scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Edmund F. Brennan on April 17, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. for arraignment on the federal charges.
This case is the product of an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service, with the assistance of the Trinity County Sheriff's Department and the California Highway Patrol. Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Rodriguez is prosecuting the case.
According to the indictment, on three occasions in March 2013, Gray stole U.S. Mail from the PO boxes of other postal customers at the Lewiston Post Office. According to court documents, among the items targeted by Gray for theft were parcels containing prescription medications. On April 2, 2013, agents executed a search warrant at Gray's Lewiston residence and found stolen U.S. Mail and prescription medications.
If convicted, Gray faces up to five years in prison for each count.The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory sentencing factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.