SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Quayshaun Mitchell, age 28, of Syracuse, was sentenced today to serve 6 months of home detention, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, for helping another person steal mail from United States Postal Service (USPS) collection boxes.
The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon; Joshua McCallister, Acting Postal Inspector in Charge of the Boston Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; and Matthew Modafferi, Special Agent in Charge of the USPS Office of Inspector General-Northeast Region.
Mitchell was also ordered to perform 150 hours of community service.
On February 25, 2021, Mitchell pled guilty to one count of possession with the intent to unlawfully use a USPS key, and one count of aiding and abetting the theft of mail.
As part of his guilty plea, Mitchell admitted that on March 5, 2020, he provided a USPS arrow key to his co-defendant Kevin Williams so that Williams could open USPS blue collection boxes in Liverpool, New York, and steal mail from the boxes. Mitchell also admitted that he gave Williams a USPS letter carrier uniform jacket and mail satchel to wear so that Williams would look like a USPS employee as he improperly accessed the collection boxes. Williams stole mail contained in the USPS blue collection boxes, including 49 pieces of first-class mail with checks totaling $67,883.91.
Williams also pled guilty to one count of possession with the intent to unlawfully use a USPS key and one count of theft of mail. Williams was sentenced on May 12, 2021 to serve 6 months of home detention, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to perform 120 hours of community service.
This case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) and the United States Postal Service-Office of Inspector General (USPS-OIG), and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tamara Thomson.
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