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Former USPS Employee Sentenced to Prison for Stealing Mail

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MICHAEL McGUIRK, 37, of Windham, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to three months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for theft of mail by a postal employee.

According to court documents and statements made in court, between September 2019 and May 2020, while he was employed as a sales associate at the U.S. Post Office in Columbia, McGuirk stole numerous pieces of mail, including packages and greeting cards that contained gift cards or other items of value.  Surveillance camera footage depicted McGuirk in the Columbia Post Office rifling through the mail, concealing mail in his clothing, opening packages and envelopes, and taking cash from the reserve cash register.

The investigation further revealed that McGuirk attempted to sell some of the items he stole from the mail on eBay.

Judge Bryant ordered McGuirk to pay $5,774.70 in restitution.

McGuirk resigned from the USPS in May 2020.  He pleaded guilty to the offense on March 30, 2021.

McGuirk, who is released on bond, is required to report to prison on September 14, 2021.

This matter was investigated by the U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara E. Levens.

Individuals who believe they are a victim of mail theft are encouraged to file a complaint by calling 888-USPS-OIG, or by visiting

Updated July 14, 2021

Public Corruption