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Postal Employee Pleads Guilty to Stealing from Mail

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of Summerhill, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court in Johnstown to charges of theft of mail by a postal employee, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Kelly Gruss, 36, of Summerhill, Pa., pleaded guilty to the indictment before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, on Sept. 22, 2014, Gruss stole $10, and on Sept. 25, 2014, she stole $20 from greeting cards sent via U.S. mail.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for April 7, 2016, at 10 a.m. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $500,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney John J. Valkovci, Jr., is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Office of Inspector General of the United States Postal Service conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Gruss.

Updated February 4, 2016