HOLT, Mich. — A local postal worker is charged with theft of mail contents.
Shamick Jones was charged Dec. 18 in the U.S. District Court Southern Division of the Western District of Michigan on the charges of theft of mail contents by a postal service employee between February and June.
Jones was a rural carrier associate for the USPS in Holt when she stole the money and gift cards, according to court documents.
"The defendant opened greeting card envelopes and stole gift cards and cash from those envelopes which had come into her possession, and which were intended to be conveyed by mail," according to the documents.
If convicted, Jones faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine and mandatory restitution.
The USPS Office of Inspector General Special Agent in Charge Scott Caspall released a statement on the investigation:
“The vast majority of U.S. Postal Service employees are dedicated, hard-working public servants committed to delivering the Mail and would never consider engaging in any form of criminal behavior. This type of alleged behavior within the Postal Service is not tolerated. When a postal employee violates the law and betrays the trust of the American people, the Special Agents of the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General work closely with our law enforcement partners and the United States Attorney’s Office to hold accountable those employees who violated that public trust. The charges in an indictment are merely accusations, and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law. During the holidays and government shutdown, our Special Agents will remain on duty protecting the sanctity and integrity of the Mail.”
Jones also pleaded guilty in 2007 to theft of government property, according to court records [govinfo.gov].