A postal worker plead guilty to stealing mail Wednesday and faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Acting U.S. Attorney James Kennedy says a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier found 52 pieces of mail in a blue collection box on McKinley Parkway in Buffalo that were never delivered to Fisher Road (Route 53) in West Seneca.
The mail was supposed to be delivered on August 1. The defendant, Richard D'Arcy, Jr., 37, delivered Route 53 on that day, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie Grisant.
Authorities say D'Arcy lives about half of a mile from the blue mailbox where the undelivered mail was found.
After reviewing the GPS used to track the delivery of mail, authorities say D'Arcy drove the portion of Route 53 on August 1. However, a review of the same road the days before and after should D'Arcy made many more stops and took much longer to deliver the mail on the same portion of Fisher Road.
When officials searched his car they say they found several bundles of undelivered mail. These ranged from advertisements to placards to First Class mail.
Investigators say D'Arcy opened some of the mail and took whatever was inside, including solicitations from veterans groups, children's cancer foundations and animal protection groups, which had a $1 bill or other currency, looking for contributions from patrons.
D'Arcy is scheduled to be sentenced on July 10.