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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Ohio

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Two charged with stealing mail

A federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment charging Edward L. Dugan, 46, of Reynoldsburg, and Tonya Sue Carpenter, 41, of Athens,  for stealing outgoing mail from residential mailboxes, said Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

The indictment alleges that Dugan and Carpenter stole mail from residential mailboxes on several occasions for about month.

Assistant United States Attorney Karrie D. Howard is prosecuting the case, following an investigation by the the U.S. Postal Service's Office of Inspector General.

If convicted, the court will determine the defendants’ sentence after a review of factors unique to this case, including the defendants’ prior criminal record, if any, the defendants’ role in the offense, and the characteristics of the violation.  In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum.  In most cases, it will be less than the maximum.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated January 8, 2016