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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Former Mail Carrier Pleads Guilty To Stealing Mail

Jacksonville, FL – James Sweat (60, Jacksonville) has pleaded guilty to stealing an item from the mail while employed by the United States Postal Service (USPS). Sweat faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to the court documents, Sweat worked as a Rural Carrier Associate in the Baldwin Station in Jacksonville. The Station Manager suspected that Sweat might be stealing cash and gift cards from the mail and notified the USPS - Office of Inspector General to investigate. On June 4, 2021, agents caught Sweat stealing $60 from a greeting card. Sweat admitted that he had been stealing cash from the mail for about a month and estimated that he had opened approximately 100 items of mail and stolen approximately $1,000.

This case was investigated by the United States Postal Service - Office of Inspector General. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Talbot.

Updated November 3, 2021