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Letter Carrier Indicted for Stealing from the U.S. Mail

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York
Thomas Joslin Allegedly Stole Hundreds of Dollars in Gift Cards from Mail

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Thomas J. Joslin, age 57, of North Syracuse, New York, made his initial appearance today on charges that he stole gift cards from mail entrusted to him when he was a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service. The charges were announced by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Special Agent in Charge Matthew Modafferi, United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General (USPS-OIG), Northeast Area Field Office.

The indictment alleges that Joslin stole gift cards from multiple pieces of mail intended for delivery to other people on various dates in 2019. The three felony charges in the indictment each carry a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of up to 3 years. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.

The charges in the indictment are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This case is being investigated by the United States Postal Service-Office of Inspector General, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael F. Perry.

Updated September 2, 2020