After being accused of skimming stimulus funds from the mail last year, a former United States Postal Service employee was indicted on federal charges this week.
Olivia Bryant, 33, has been charged with three counts of theft from the mail, according to a statement released by the United States Department of Justice on Tuesday (April 12).
Bryant is suspected of taking three pieces of mail in March 2021 while on her delivery route in Chicago, each of which included a federal government-issued check.
During an arraignment hearing in federal court on Monday, Bryant entered a not guilty plea to the counts against him (April 11). The former postal worker is scheduled to return to court on May 13 for a status hearing before United States District Judge Robert Blakey.
Each count on which Bryant is found guilty carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. If found guilty, the Department of Justice says Bryant will be sentenced to a “reasonable sentence” in accordance with the United States Sentencing Guidelines.
Between 2020 and 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) distributed three waves of stimulus checks to Americans in response to the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic.
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