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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 27, 2015

Former Rochester Mail Carrier Pleads Guilty To Abusing His Position To Steal From Mails

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX:  (716) 551-3051


ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Michael Bianchi, 48, of, Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Marian W. Payson to a misdemeanor theft and corruption charge.  The charge carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison, a fine of $100,000, or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Field, who is handling the matter, stated that Bianchi worked as mail carrier for U.S. Postal Service in Rochester. On June 30, 2013, the defendant was observed using a debit card and PIN number that he stole from the mails to withdraw $400 from an ATM.

This plea is the culmination of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Monica Weyler, Eastern Area Field Office, Philadelphia, PA.

Sentencing is scheduled for Bianchi May 13, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. before Judge Payson.

Updated March 2, 2015