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Indictments: Postal Employees Stole From Mail

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

TOPEKA, KAN. – A grand jury today returned indictments against two Kansas postal employees charged in separate cases with stealing mail, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

Stacy A. Vasko, 31, Salina, Kan., was charged with two counts of theft by a postal employee. The indictment alleged she stole gift cards from the mail. The crimes were alleged to have occurred in February and April 2019 in Brookville, Kan.

In a separate case, Timothy J. Pacha, 28, Herkimer, Kan., was charged with one count of stealing mail and one count of destroying or detaining mail. The crimes are alleged to have occurred from January to April 2019 in Marysville, Kan.

If convicted, the defendants face up to five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The U.S. Postal Service – Office of Inspector General investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Kenney is prosecuting.


 Illya Tyler, 53, Indianapolis, Ind., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The crime is alleged to have occurred July 11, 2019, in Wyandotte County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces not less than 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $10 million. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle McFarlane are prosecuting.           

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.


Updated July 24, 2019