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Rochester man pleads guilty to obstructing the mails

June 16, 2014

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Rodney Dugan, 42, of, Rochester, N.Y., pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Marian W. Payson, to obstructing the mails. The charge carries a maximum sentence six months in prison, a fine of $5,000, or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Field, who is handling the case, stated that Dugan worked as a driver for a carrier contracted by the United States Postal Service. On April 11, 2014, in a sting operation conducted by Special Agents of the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, the defendant was caught unlawfully removing a letter containing a Target gift card from the mail he was transporting that day.

The plea is the culmination of an investigation by Special Agents with the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Monica Weyler, Eastern Area Field Office, Philadelphia, PA.

Sentencing is scheduled for August 6, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. before Judge Payson.