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Opening and Stealing the Mail is a Federal Crime

Eight employees of the U.S. Postal Service were arrested by federal agents for opening and stealing mail, according to a recent Jacksonville news article. The postal employees were accused of opening the mail and stealing the contesnts such as gift cards, debit cards and other items of value. Because the U.S. mail comes under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Inspector General, a federal department, the suspects were all indicted for mail theft and other charges in federal court. Mail theft in federal court carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison for each count.