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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 22, 2014

Postal Service Supervisor In Brooklyn FacilityIs Charged In Federal Court With Possessing Thousands Of Dollars Of Baseball Cards Stolen From The Mail

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Rafael A. Medina, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, Northeast Area Field Office, announced the arrest of a United States Postal Service supervisor for possessing and selling professional sports cards in Westchester County that had been stolen from the mail. Defendant JOHN BU was arrested today and presented in White Plains federal court before United States Magistrate Judge Judith C. McCarthy, who ordered that BU be released on bail.

According to the allegations in the criminal Complaint unsealed today in White Plains federal court:

From at least November 2, 2013, and up to and including November 9, 2013, BU unlawfully and knowingly possessed and sold baseball cards and professional sports cards in Westchester County that had been stolen from the United States mail. BU is alleged to have received thousands of dollars from selling the professional sports cards, including cards of greats like Larry Bird, Mickey Mantle, and Thurman Munson.

BU, 38, has been charged with one count of possessing stolen mail, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1708. The offense, upon conviction, carries a maximum prison sentence of five years. The statutory maximum sentences are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant would be determined by the judge.

Mr. Bharara praised the United States Postal Service, Office of the Inspector General, for its work in this investigation.

The prosecution is being overseen by the Office’s White Plains Unit. Assistant United States Attorney Daniel Filor is in charge of the prosecution.

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

U.S. v. John Bu Complaint

Press Release Number: 
14-153
Updated May 18, 2015