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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

US Postal Service Employee Charged with Destroying 2,300+ Pieces of Mail

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – A resident of Johnstown, Pa. was indicted today by a federal grand jury in Johnstown on a charge of delay or destruction of mail, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The indictment named Darren E. Hill, 47, of Johnstown, Pa., as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment presented to the court, on August 12, 2014, while an employee of the United States Postal Service, he unlawfully secreted and detained approximately 2,343 pieces of mail which were intended to be conveyed by the United States mail.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie L. Haines, is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated September 14, 2016