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

Monday, October 19, 2020

Postal Worker Charged in Federal Court After Alleged Theft of Vote-by-Mail Ballot, Gift and Debit Cards, and Other Articles of Mail

Miami, Florida – A Miami Beach postal carrier has been charged with theft of mail and deprivation of the right to vote, announced U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan of the Southern District of Florida and Special Agent in Charge Scott Pierce of the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, Southern Area Field Office (USPS-OIG).  

According to a criminal complaint affidavit, Crystal Nicole Myrie, 31, of Tamarac, Florida, stole a vote-by-mail ballot, approximately 36 political flyers, gift cards and pre-paid debit cards, and other articles of mail instead of delivering them to the intended recipients located within her official postal route. The stolen mail was discovered in the backseat of Myrie’s personal vehicle on October 16, 2020.

Myrie had her initial appearance today in federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Alicia M. Otazo-Reyes.

USPS-OIG is the investigative agency handling this matter, including the continuing investigation of the deprivation of the right to vote and theft of mail charges. Assistant United States Attorneys Harry Wallace and Hayden P. O’Byrne of the Southern District of Florida and Richard C. Pilger, Director of the Election Crimes Branch, Public Integrity Section, U.S. Department of Justice, are prosecuting this case.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation containing allegations.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until found guilty in a court of law.

You may find a copy of this press release on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at You may find related court documents and information on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or on    


Voting and Elections
Marlene Rodriguez Special Counsel to the U.S. Attorney Public Affairs Officer
Updated August 10, 2021