Former mail carrier pleads guilty to opening mail, accused of stealing gift cards and cash

Posted at 8:17 AM, Jun 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-29 08:17:41-04

A former postal service worker pleaded guilty Tuesday to the charge of opening mail without lawful authority, accused of opening mail while on the job and removing gift cards and cash.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Buffalo accused 22-year-old Nichole Crosson of opening mail to which she had access from her job with the United States Postal Service. According to prosecutors, Crosson would remove gift cards and cash. They estimate between January 1, 2016 and April 15, 2016, Crosson took approximately $1,729.21 in cash and gift cards from an unknown number of mailings.

The office gave one example in which Crosson removed $50 in cash from a greeting card addressed to someone in West Seneca.

The United States Postal Service and Inspector General's Office assisted in the investigation.

Crosson is expected to be sentenced on September 27, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.