Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced Wednesday that Michael Vickery, 34, of Orchard Park, N.Y., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to theft of mail matter by a postal employee.
The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a fine $250,000 or both. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 22.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie P. Grisanti, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant opened more than 23 pieces of mail and stole cash and lottery tickets contained in the envelopes. The investigation began in 2010 after several tenants at Creek Bend Apartments in Hamburg reported that their outgoing mail had been rifled and cash and NYS Lottery scratch off tickets enclosed in that mail had been stolen. The value of the items stolen by the defendant totaled $281.00.