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NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

Sharon L. Potter
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


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(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist

 


May 6, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Two Clarksburg Residents Indicted For
Conspiracy and Theft of Mail

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — Two Clarksburg, West Virginia, residents were named in an Indictment returned on May 5, 2009, by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Clarksburg, West Virginia.

United States Attorney Sharon L. Potter announced that SANDRA KAY JENKINS, age 45, and FELISHA DAWN POWERS, age 22, were named in a four-count Indictment. Count One of the Indictment alleges that JENKINS and POWERS conspired to commit mail theft beginning in January 2007 and continuing through October 20, 2008, in Clarksburg. The Indictment further alleges that JENKINS and her daughter POWERS stole mail from the Reynoldsville, West Virginia, Post Office; that POWERS obtained and used a key to the post office lobby which allowed her and JENKINS to access post office boxes at that location after-hours where JENKINS would reach her hand through post office boxes assigned to her, POWERS, and another person, and take mail from the back of the adjacent post office boxes.

Counts Two and Three of the Indictment allege that JENKINS stole mail matter from and out of post office boxes in the Reynoldsville Post Office on October 5, 2008, and October 10, 2008.

Count Four of the Indictment alleges that JENKINS and POWERS stole mail matter from and out of post office boxes in the Reynoldsville Post Office on October 18, 2008.

If convicted, JENKINS and POWERS face a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on each count of the Indictment.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew R. Cogar. The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service.

It should be noted that the charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt, and that each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

 

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