July 7, 2009
U.S. POSTAL CARRIER PLEADS GUILTY FOR THEFT OF MAIL
(MCALLEN, Texas) – Uvaldo Ramirez Jr., 45, of Mission, Texas, has been convicted of stealing from U.S. Mail while employed as a U.S. Postal Service carrier, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today.
At a hearing before Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa in McAllen, Ramirez not only admitted to stealing a watch from a parcel placed in the U.S. Mail stream, but also coins and rings. He further admitted to having stolen from the U.S. Mail on previous occasions over the course of more than a year and a half.
Ramirez was indicted on May 19, 2009, and charged with theft of mail by a postal employee and delay or destruction of mail. Today, Ramirez pleaded guilty to having stolen a watch from a parcel in the mail stream on Dec. 5, 2008, while he was employed with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). Pursuant to the terms of his plea bargain agreement, Ramirez has agreed to pay restitution to known victims.
Ordered released on bond following his May 21, 2009, arrest by agents of the USPS-Office of Inspector General (OIG), Ramirez has been permitted to remain on bond pending his sentencing hearing on Oct. 2, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. Ramirez faces a maximum punishment of five years in prison, a fine not to exceed $250,000 and a three-year-term of supervised release.
The investigation leading to these charges was conducted by the USPS-OIG. Assistant United States Attorneys Juan F. Alanis and Juan Villescas are prosecuting the case.
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