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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ANGELA DODGE

Sept. 9, 2010

PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
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FORMER POSTAL EMPLOYEE CHARGED WITH THEFT OF MAIL MATTER

(LAREDO, Texas) - Raul Cavazos, 62, of Edinburgh, Texas, has been arrested as a result of the return of a sealed indictment which charges him with theft of mail matter by a U.S. Postal Service employee, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today. 

The sealed indictment returned on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, by a Laredo federal grand jury was unsealed today following Cavazos’ arrest by law enforcement authorities in McAllen, Texas.

According to the indictment, Cavazos is alleged to have stolen and removed from letters, articles and U.S. currency, which came into his possession while he was employed as a postal employee in Laredo between May 11, 2008, and Oct. 16, 2008.  The indictment lists a total of eight separate counts in which Cavazos is accused of having allegedly stolen or removed two Visa gift cards, as well as gift cards from Target, Lowe’s and Best Buy and taking U.S. currency from three separate letters amounting to a total of $105.

Cavazos is expected to be make his initial court appearance tomorrow, Sept. 10, before a U.S. Magistrate in McAllen, Texas.  At that time, the United States expects to request of the court Cavazos remain in federal custody without bond pending further criminal proceedings. A court date for a hearing on the government’s motion to will be set for a later date. The case against Cavazos will be prosecuted in Laredo.

Each count of the indictment carries a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment along with a $250,000 fine upon conviction.

The investigation leading to the charges was conducted by the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General and the United States Postal Inspection Service. Assistant United States Attorney Roberto F. Ramirez is prosecuting the case. 

An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until convicted through due process of law.

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