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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Postal Worker Pleads Guilty To Theft

SHREVEPORT, La. –A U.S. Postal Service mail carrier from Shreveport pleaded guilty to stealing Netflix DVDs and money, U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today.

Frankey Savannah, 30, of Shreveport, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. to one count of theft of mail matter. According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, Netflix contacted the U.S. Postal Service about DVD movie losses occurring from July 2013 to October 2013 along a Bossier Parish route. Upon further investigation, law enforcement agents discovered that Savannah, a postal carrier, had been taking the DVDs from the envelopes while conducting his mail carrier route rather than returning them to Netflix as the customers intended. He is responsible for taking a total of 69 DVDs. Savannah was also observed taking cash from some of the mail.

Savannah faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison, three years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine and restitution.  A sentencing date of December 10, 2014 was set.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Cytheria D. Jernigan is prosecuting the case.

Updated January 26, 2015