Postal worker accused of stealing mail, money intended for charities

Posted at 11:40 PM, Oct 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-07 23:40:19-04

A Buffalo man is accused of stealing mail while working as a postal worker with the U.S. Postal Service.

Authorities say they discovered multiple bundles of undelivered advertisements, placards, and undelivered First Class mail in the car of 37-year-old Richard D'Arcy.

According to the criminal complaint, D'Arcy had opened some of the mail and took the contents which included solicitations from various veterans groups, children's cancer foundations, and animal protection groups, which contained a $1 bill or other coin currency, seeking additional contributions from patrons.

Law enforcement searched D'Arcy's car after another mail carrier discovered 52 pieces of mail, in delivery order, in a blue collection box McKinley Parkway in Buffalo near where D'Arcy lives.

The mail was intended for delivery along Fisher Road (Route 53) in West Seneca and was postmarked as far back to July 30 with intended delivery on August 1, a day that D'Arcy was working that route.

D'Arcy was arrested and charged with theft of mail.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.