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Syracuse Postal Employee Sentenced for Stealing From Mail

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Brian T. Hanlon, age 36, of Syracuse, New York, was sentenced yesterday in federal court to serve a two-year term of probation and pay a $2,500 fine for willfully obstructing the passage of the mail by stealing money from mailed letters, announced Acting United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Eileen Neff, Special Agent in Charge, United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General (USPS OIG), Northeast Area Field Office.


Hanlon, who had been employed at the United States Postal Service (USPS) since 2003, admitted as part of his guilty plea that while working at a Postal Facility in Syracuse, he opened between 20 and 30 pieces of mail that were not addressed to him over approximately two weeks in April 2017. He further admitted that after opening these mail items, he stole approximately $100 in cash from them. USPS OIG agents caught Hanlon stealing $11 from a piece of mail at the Syracuse USPS facility on April 21, 2017, after which he confessed to the other thefts. Hanlon is no longer employed by the U.S. Postal Service.


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

Updated December 14, 2017