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Some U.S. postal workers across Alabama facing charges

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A federal grand jury has charged five postal employees and others with stealing or interfering with the U.S. mail.

U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, in a statement Wednesday afternoon to FOX6 News, announced the following indictments against the following postal employees:

Tameka Moore Thomas, 36, of  Homewood, who worked at the Birmingham Downtown Carrier Facility. Moore is charged with stealing mail and articles contained therein, from May 2008 to March 26, 2009. Count One charges her with theft of government property; count two charges theft by a Postal Service employee.
 
Robin Joel Bagley, 45, of Birmingham, who worked as a mail handler in the Birmingham Processing and Distribution Center Annex. Bagley was charged with delaying mail delivery and theft of mail by a U.S. Postal employee between May 28, 2009, and Oct. 8, 2009.

Jana Kay Mustgrove, 31, of Hanceville, who was a mail carrier at the Cullman Post Office. Mustgrove was charged with delaying mail delivery and theft by a Postal employee, from December 2008 to June 23, 2009.

Jennifer Smith Jeffreys, 34, of Mount Hope, who worked as a rural carrier associate at the Dansville Post Office. Jeffreys was charged with delay and destruction of U.S. mail and theft of mail matter by Postal employee from April 10, 2010, to May 29, 2010.

Angela Denise Crummie, 51, of Tuscaloosa, who worked as a Postal carrier at the Eastside Station Post Office in Tuscaloosa. Crummie was charged with delay or destruction of mail and theft of mail by a Postal employee on March 18, 2010.

Two employees of U.S. Postal contract centers, where Postal products are sold inside other retail outlets, were also indicted:

Brenda Ann Posey, 48, of Hazelgreen, who worked contract unit in Huntsville. Posey was charged with theft of Postal Service funds exceeding $1,000, from Jan. 24, 2008, to Sept. 30, 2009.

Carol Poole Ramsey, 51, of Huntsville, who worked at a contract unit in Huntsville. Ramsey was charged with theft of Postal Service funds exceeding $1,000 between Oct. 28, 2008 to Aug. 26, 2009.

Vance said the grand jury also indicted Raymond Earl Petty, 45, of Fairfield, who did not work for the Postal Service or one of its contract centers, on nine counts of possessing personal checks which were stolen from the U.S. mail between Nov. 6, 2008, and April 9, 2009.

"The United States mail is one of this country's most respected institutions," Vance said in the statement. "Businesses and citizens, alike, trust and rely on the efficient operation of the mail system. Postal employees and others who abuse this system do the country a great disservice. They will be prosecuted."

Vance said theft of government property is punishable by a maximum 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Theft of mail matter by a Postal employee, delay and destruction of mail, and possession of stolen mail matter are punishable by a maximum five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Vance said the government will seek forfeiture in cases involving monetary losses, in addition to required restitution orders for victims of these alleged crimes.

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