Jacksonville postal worker convicted of mail theft

JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – A mail carrier who pleaded guilty to stealing mail while employed by the United States Postal Service was sentenced Monday to two years probation, with $215 in restitution and a $100 special assessment.

Restitution will be paid to the victims. Six of them will receive between $10 and $25 each, and one will receive $100.

A USPS sting operation led to the arrest of James Sweat.

According to court documents, Sweat worked as a rural carrier associate at Baldwin Station in Jacksonville. On May 12, 2021, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) received a complaint from the station manager that Sweat may be stealing money and gift cards due to a high volume of mail loss on his route.

The station manager said she had carried out two of her own “integrity tests” based on customer complaints.

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On May 7, 2021, she put a card with $10 cash on Sweat’s road. The recipient received the card, which had been resealed, but the money was missing.

On June 4, the OIG sent a greeting card on the road from Sweat to an invalid address. It should have been placed in the “throw away” box and should not have left the station. There were $20 bills marked “3” and a “letter tag transmitter” inside.

When the contents were searched or removed, officers were alerted, they stopped Sweat in his Postal Service vehicle and searched him.

They found the missing money in his wallet and the greeting card opened. They also found 24 additional greeting cards that had been searched in his vehicle. Sweat admitted he stole money from the mail for about a month and estimated he opened about 100 pieces of mail, stealing about $1,000.

News4JAX reported in November that Sweat pleaded guilty.

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