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USPS Mail Carrier Sentenced For Stealing, Opening Mail

A Nevada man was sentenced Wednesday for stealing mail while employed as a contract mail carrier by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).

U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro sentenced 34-year-old David Stephen Bangs II, of Henderson, Nevada, to six months in federal prison to be followed by one year of supervised release. Bangs pleaded guilty to one count of mail theft on Feb. 4.

During his time as a contracted USPS mail carrier between April 1, 2018 to Aug. 7, 2019, Bangs was identified as the mail carrier for a neighborhood that complained about missing or opened mail.

After an investigation by the USPS Office of Inspector General, Bangs admitted that he targeted customer mail that he believed contained cash between Feb. 2019 and Aug. 2019. According to court documents, he admitted to stealing mail from at least 67 victims.

“Our office is proud to partner with the U.S. Postal Service to stop mail theft in our Nevada communities—including by holding accountable those who betray the publics trust,” U.S. Attorney Trutanich said in a statement.

“The American public trusts that U.S. Postal Service employees will obey the law and honor the commitment to their duties. When that duty and trust is violated, the Postal Service Office of Inspector General (USPS OIG) investigates those matters,” Special Agent in Charge John D. Masters said.

“This sentencing sends a clear message that mail theft is a serious crime, which carries serious consequences. The USPS OIG, along the U.S. Attorneys Office, remain committed to safeguarding the integrity of the U.S. Mail and ensuring the accountability and integrity of U.S. Postal Service employees.”

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A United States Postal Service (USPS) mailbox stands in the Manhattan, N.Y., on Aug. 5, 2020. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

In a separate incident earlier this year, a West Virginia USPS postal carrier was charged with attempted election fraud after the party affiliations of several mail-in requests for absentee ballots were altered.

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