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Postal worker pleads guilty in mail theft case

EAST ST. LOUIS – A postal worker who swiped a debit card from the mail has pleaded guilty in the case, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, said today.

Abra K. Albrecht, 31, of Carrollton, pleaded guilty to a one-count indictment charging that she had stolen mail that had been entrusted to her for delivery. Sentencing has been set for Jan. 12, 2015, in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis.

Albrecht will face up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release.

Albrecht, at her plea, admitted that while employed by the Postal Service and working at both the Kampsville and Hardin Post offices in Calhoun County, in February 2014, she had stolen mail that had been deposited for delivery.

Albrecht admitted that she had taken a debit card from a letter that had been entrusted to her for delivery and then used that card for her own personal gain. Albrecht was caught when she was identified using the stolen debit card on surveillance video, Wigginton said.

The investigation was conducted by agents of the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ranley R. Killian

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