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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

New Orleans Man Charged with Possession of Stolen Mail

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JOHN WAYNE THOMAS, age 36, of New Orleans, was charged today in a one-count Bill of Information for possession of stolen mail.

According to the Bill of Information, on or about May 23, 2015, THOMAS was found in possession of mail matter than had been stolen, taken, embezzled and abstracted from a mail receptacle. 

If convicted, THOMAS faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years, a fine of up to $250,000, three years of supervised release following imprisonment, and a $100 special assessment.

U. S. Attorney Polite reiterated that a Bill of Information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.  

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the United States Postal Inspection Service and Louisiana State Police in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Irene González is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated April 27, 2016