USPS Employee Pleads Guilty to Theft of Mail

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WINDHAM, CONNECTICUT – Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Matthew Modafferi, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, announced that MICHAEL McGUIRK, 36, of Windham, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty today to theft of mail by a postal employee.

Pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the court proceeding before U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna F. Martinez occurred via videoconference.

According to court documents and statements made in court, between September 2019 and May 2020, while he was employed as a sales associate at the U.S. Post Office in Columbia, McGuirk stole numerous pieces of mail, including packages and greeting cards that contained gift cards or other items of value.  Surveillance camera footage depicted McGuirk in the Columbia Post Office rifling through the mail, concealing mail in his clothing, opening packages and envelopes, and taking cash from the reserve cash register.

McGuirk is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant on June 23, 2021, at which time he faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years.  He is released pending sentencing.


McGuirk resigned from the U.S. Postal Service in May 2020.

This matter is being investigated by the U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara E. Levens.

Acting U.S. Attorney Boyle encouraged individuals who believe they are a victim of theft related to this case to file a complaint by calling 888-USPS-OIG, or by visiting www.uspsoig.gov/form/new-complaint-form.

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