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four postal employees indicted

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 6, 2010

 

BATON ROUGE, LA – United States Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux, Jr. announced that a federal grand jury in the Middle District of Louisiana returned indictments against four individuals who were employees of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

GLENN T. AUGILLARD, age 50, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was charged with five counts of unlawfully opening mail entrusted to him which was intended to be delivered. If convicted, AUGILLARD faces a maximum sentence of five years, a $250,000 fine, or both, per count.

JOHN A. KEMP, age 50, of Ethel, Louisiana, was charged with four counts of unlawfully delaying and detaining mail entrusted to him which was intended to be delivered. If convicted, KEMP faces a maximum sentence of five years, a $250,000 fine, or both, per count.

GWENDOLYN R. MEADOWS, age 48, of St. Gabriel, Louisiana, was charged with one count of unlawfully opening mail entrusted to her which was intended to be delivered. If convicted, MEADOWS faces a maximum sentence of five years, a $250,000 fine, or both.

REBECCA F. SHARP, age 27, of Denham Springs, Louisiana, was charged with one count of delaying and detaining mail entrusted to her which was intended to be delivered. If convicted, SHARP faces a maximum sentence of five years, a $250,000 fine, or both.

USPS-OIG Deputy Special Agent in Charge Chris Cave stated: “The American public has an expectation that their mail is going to be delivered on time and in tact. When a postal employee intentionally delays that mail or rifles it and removes contents, the Office of Inspector General quickly responds and investigates, as we have done here. Cases such as these are not common occurrences and do not reflect on the reputation and work ethic of most employees. The majority of postal employees would never consider delaying or stealing customers’ mail.”

The investigation was conducted by Special Agents Brandon Tullier and Augustus Magee of the United States Postal Service – Office of Inspector General. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Lane Ewing and Helina Dayries.

NOTE: An indictment is a determination by a grand jury that there is probable cause to believe that offenses have been committed by the defendants. The defendants, of course, are presumed innocent until and unless they are proven guilty at trial.

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