May 25, 2010
FORMER POSTAL EMPLOYEE CONVICTED OF STEALING NETFLIX FROM US MAIL
(HOUSTON) – A former postal employee has pleaded guilty to stealing money from the U.S. Mail while on duty, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.
Rudolph Luna Jr., 38, of Houston, was indicted on March 17, 2010, and charged with one count of theft of a mail matter. Today, Luna pleaded guilty to the federal felony charge before U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore,admitting to stealing Netflix movies which came into his possession while a postal employee.
The investigation conducted by U.S. Postal Service (USPS) inspectors leading to the charges against Luna began Nov. 5, 2008, after Netflix security advised approximately 114 movies were not delivered in the 77373 area code. For several months thereafter, in late 2008 and early 2009, postal inspectors began to monitor Luna. Luna came to the attention of the inspectors after agents saw Luna take several Netflix movies from the delivery bins of other routes and place them into his delivery bin. A USPS inspector later prepared multiple Netflix movies to be collected and returned along Luna’s route. After watching Luna move several movies into his personal backpack, inspectors detained Luna and found one of the prepared Netflix in his backpack.
Following his Jan. 26, 2009, arrest, Luna confessed his thefts to USPS inspectors. Luna admitted stealing Netflix movies over a period of several moths.
Freed on bond since his arrest, Luna has been permitted to remain on bond pending his sentencing. Judge Gilmore, who accepted Luna’s guilty plea, has set sentencing for Nov. 15, 2010. A conviction for theft of a mail matter carries a maximum punishment of five years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant United States Attorney Mark E. Donnelly is prosecuting the case.
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