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Federal Jury Convicts Former FedEx Employee of Obstruction of Mail

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


Memphis, TN – After a three-day jury trial, a Memphis man was found guilty for obstruction of mail. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant for the Western District of Tennessee announced the guilty verdict today.

According to information presented in court, in 2015, Braylon Butler, 25, worked at the FedEx Hub as a box sorter. Pursuant to a contractual relationship between FedEx and the United States Postal Service, a large volume of U.S. mail is processed at the FedEx Hub in Memphis. FedEx corporate security viewed Butler on security video footage searching through U.S. mail. In the video, Butler is seen opening shipping containers filled with U.S. mail and searching for brightly colored greeting card envelopes, which may have contained U.S. currency or gift cards. The video also shows Butler appearing to open one such envelope.

U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said, "This office takes very seriously our duty to protect the sanctity and security of the United States Postal Service and the U.S. Mail. We work very closely with the United States Postal Inspection Service to defend the nation’s mail system from theft and obstruction to ensure public trust in the mail. This guilty verdict shows our collective commitment to hold accountable any persons who violate that sanctity and victimize innocent citizens for their own selfish gains."

Sentencing is set for August 2, 2019 before United States District Court Judge Thomas L. Parker, where Butler faces up to five years imprisonment.

This case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspector.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Annie Christoff and Tony Arvin prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.


Updated May 6, 2019