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

Friday, October 7, 2016

Postal Employee Arrested, Charged With Stealing Mail

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

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Richard D’Arcy, Jr., 37, of Buffalo, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with theft of mail. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie P. Grisanti, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on August 2, 2016, a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier discovered 52 pieces of mail, in delivery order, in a blue collection box McKinley Parkway in Buffalo. It was determined that each of these pieces of mail were never delivered to Fisher Road (Route 53) in West Seneca, NY. Some of the mail was postmarked July 30, 2016 and was supposed to be delivered on August 1, 2016. The complaint further states that the defendant delivered Route 53 on August 1, 2016 and that he also lives approximately a half of a mile from the blue mailbox where the undelivered mail was discovered.

A review of the Global Positioning System (GPS) used to track the delivery of mail parcels showed that on August 1, 2016, D’Arcy drove through the portion of Route 53 on Fisher Road where the mail was supposed to be delivered. A comparison of the GPS data from the day before and the day after showed the postal carrier made many more stops and took much longer to deliver the same portion of Fisher Road.

A subsequent of the defendant’s car uncovered multiple bundles of undelivered advertisements, placards, and undelivered First Class mail. According to the complaint, D’Arcy opened some of the mail and took the contents which included solicitations from various veterans groups, children's cancer foundations, and animal protection groups, which contained a $1 bill or other coin currency, seeking additional contributions from patrons.

The complaint is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the United States Postal Service, Office of the Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Monica Weyler, Eastern Area Field Office, Philadelphia, PA.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.  

Updated October 11, 2016