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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 15, 2021

Postal Worker Indicted for Delay or Destruction of Mail

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANASIERRA HUDSON, age 34, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was charged on November 12, 2021 in a one count indictment for delay or destruction of mail.

According to court documents, HUDSON was employed by the United States Postal Service as a Letter Carrier and was assigned to work at the Central Carrier Station, New Orleans, LA. The indictment alleges that from on or about May 2020 through July 2020, HUDSON secreted, destroyed, detained, and delayed approximately 640 First Class postcards and 573 pieces of political mail that were recovered from a residential trash can. According to court documents, HUDSON also unlawfully secreted, detained, and delayed approximately two First Class letters, 535 advertising flyers, and 20 nonprofit small parcels in the trunk of her personal vehicle.

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

If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum penalty of up to five (5) years imprisonment, up to three (3) years of supervised release, up to a $250,000 fine, and a mandatory $100 special assessment fee.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General in investigating this matter. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rachal Cassagne is in charge of the prosecution.

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Topic(s): 
Public Corruption
Updated November 15, 2021