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Postal Worker Arrested For Stealing Valuable Items From U.S. Mail

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

Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Special Agent-in-Charge Eileen Neff of the Northeast Area Field Office, U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (“USPS-OIG”), announced the arrest of JOSEFINA SALAS, an employee of the U.S. Postal Service for over eighteen years, on charges of mail theft.  SALAS was presented yesterday in Manhattan federal court before the Honorable Sarah Netburn.


Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said:  “During the holiday season when the spirit of giving abounds, Josefina Salas, a postal employee, was allegedly interested only in taking and stealing. Salas allegedly used her access to U.S. mail to steal valuable items from people who trusted their mail would be delivered safely. We thank the U.S. Postal Service for their work to halt postal theft and insure the integrity of the mail.” 


Special Agent-in-Charge of USPS-OIG Eileen Neff said:  “If an employee of the Postal Service abuses their position and the public’s trust, as alleged in this matter, OIG agents thoroughly and vigorously investigate to resolve the situation.”

According to the allegations in the Complaint sworn out in Manhattan federal court:[1]

Over the course of approximately a year, SALAS, who was employed as an elevator operator at the USPS Processing and Distribution Center (“PDC”) located at 341 Ninth Avenue in New York, New York, stole various items from the United States mail, including cash, gift cards, jewelry, clothing, and a phone.  SALAS was previously captured on video using a box-cutter to open mail packages and then stealing the contents of those packages.  SALAS was arrested yesterday at the end of her shift at the PDC. 


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SALAS, 66, of the Bronx, New York, is charged with one count of mail theft by a U.S. Postal Service employee, which carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison.  The maximum potential sentence in this case is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.


Mr. Kim praised the outstanding investigative work of the USPS-OIG.


If you believe you were a victim of this crime, including a victim entitled to restitution, and you wish to provide information to law enforcement and/or receive notice of future developments in the case or additional information, please contact Wendy Olsen-Clancy, the Victim Witness Coordinator at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, at (866) 874-8900, or For additional information, go to: The USPS OIG Hotline can be reached by phone 888-USPS-OIG and online at


This case is being handled by the Office’s General Crimes Unit.  Assistant United States Attorney Samuel S. Adelsberg is in charge of the prosecution.


The charge contained in the Complaint is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


[1] As the introductory phrase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Complaint and the description of the Complaint set forth herein constitute only allegations, and every fact described should be treated as an allegation.

Updated December 20, 2017

Press Release Number: 17-409