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May 25, 2010

BIRMINGHAM - A federal grand jury today returned two separate indictments charging U.S. Postal employees with theft of government property, U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and Sam Montalvo, assistant special agent in charge, Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Postal Service, announced.
The grand jury indicted CAROL DIANE SULLIVAN, 41, of Carbon Hill, and ROBERT REESE, 58, of Bessemer.

“Postal employees who steal from the Post Office not only break the law, they breach the trust that Americans need to have in their government institutions,” Vance said. “We will prosecute those breaches of law and public trust,” she said.

SULLIVAN is a former “acting officer in charge” of the Cordova Post Office. She is charged with two counts of government property theft. Count One charges SULLIVAN stole U.S. Postal money orders worth more than $1,000 on Jan. 8, 2010. Count Two charges she stole U.S. Postal stamps worth more than $1,000 on Jan. 11, 2010.

REESE is a former manager of the Midfield Post Office. He was charged in a two-count indictment with converting Postal Service funds to his own use, and with stealing government property between April 2007 and April 2008. Both counts charge REESE took money or property worth more than $1,000.

Both indictments seek forfeiture of property derived from illegal activity.

The maximum sentence for each charge is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Special agents of the Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Postal Service, investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank M. Salter is prosecuting it.

            Members of the public are reminded that the indictment contains only charges.  A defendant is presumed innocent and it will be the government’s burden to prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.


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