Postal Employee Indicted For Theft From Evansville Mail Facility
Manager allegedly stole packages containing pain medication intended for veterans
EVANSVILLE– Josh Minkler, Acting United States Attorney, announced today federal theft charges against a postal employee who allegedly stole mail packages containing, among other things, hydrocodone, a prescription pain medication, intended for delivery to veterans who receive their Veterans Administration medication through the mail. Kevin R. Hicks, 53, of Evansville, Indiana, was charged with theft of mail matter by an employee. The indictment was the result of an investigation conducted by the United States Postal Inspection Service, the United States Postal Service Inspector General, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Evansville Police Department.
“Public corruption is one of the highest priorities of this office,” said Minkler. “Those who choose to betray the public’s trust will be held accountable and face the full force of federal law.”
In January of this year, law enforcement officials began an investigation when they determined several packages containing prescription medication from the Veteran’s Administration were not being delivered to the intended recipient. The packages routed to several zip codes in Southern Indiana and Central Kentucky never made it to their destination.
Hicks worked as a manager at the Evansville Postal Processing and Distribution Facility on Petersburg Road in Evansville. As a manager, Hicks had an opportunity to steal U.S. mail. The investigation revealed that Hicks had allegedly stolen over 23 packages containing prescription medications, including hydrocodone, a pain relief medication, for personal use.
Minkler explained the U.S. Attorney's Office established a Public Integrity Working Group in April 2012, with the stated purpose of aggressively investigating allegations of public fraud, waste and abuse by public officials in Indiana. Individuals with information on public corruption are encouraged to contact the U.S. Attorney's Office at (317) 229-2443.
According to Assistant United States Attorneys Todd Shellenbarger and Kyle Sawa, who are prosecuting this case for the government, Hicks could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted. Hicks will be summoned to appear before a magistrate judge in Evansville.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.