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Two former Metro East postal carriers indicted for mishandling mail

A federal grand jury has returned separate indictments against former United States Postal Service workers accused of unlawful handling of mail.

The grand jury for the Southern District of Illinois returned the indictments on Wednesday, Donald S. Boyce, U.S. attorney for the Southern District, said Thursday.

In the first indictment, Briana N. Burrage, 22, of Belleville, was charged with unlawful delay of United States mail while working as a letter carrier at the Belleville Post Office. The indictment alleged that in September of 2017, Burrage, failed to deliver thousands of pieces of United States mail by placing the mail in large trash bags in her personal vehicle over a several-week period.

The second indictment charged Amber J. Brawley, 36, of Godfrey, with theft and embezzlement of United States mail while working at the Godfrey Post Office. The indictment alleged that in August 2017, Brawley stole items from the mail and converted the contents of the mail for her own use.

Burrage and Brawley both face up to five years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.

The investigations were conducted by the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General and are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ranley R. Killian.


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