Former Chicago Postal Service Employee Accused of Stealing Stimulus Checks

Olivia Bryant33 years old, a former employee of the United States Postal Service in Chicago, it is accused of stealing packages containing stimulus checks that were mailed out last year.

The charge against Bryant is for the alleged theft of three mail envelopes that were designated on her route, but which she allegedly stole.

Olivia Bryant pleaded not guilty

During his arraignment, held Monday at a chicago federal courtBryant, pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

The postal packages were sent to your route on March 17, 2021, which contained stimulus checks, sent by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), to people who qualified for the benefit of the federal government, the prosecutors highlighted before the judge during the appearance made last Monday.

“The indictment charges Bryant with stealing three pieces of mail from his route in Chicago in March of last year. Special Assistant United States Attorney Malgorzata Tracz Kozaka informed the court during the arraignment that the stolen mail contained government stimulus checks,” the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois said in a statement.

Although three crimes are charged for the same number of undelivered packages, prosecutors did not detail the exact amount contained in the stimulus checks, which were allegedly stolen by the former United States Postal Service worker.

Prosecutors who filed the indictment

The prosecutors who filed the accusation against the former Postal Service employee were John R. Lausch, Jr., Andre Martin, and J. Russell George.

At the time of the alleged theft, the federal government sent the third round of stimulus checks for various amounts to taxpayers ranging from $1,400 to $2,800 to married couples.

Despite the accusations, Bryant pleaded not guilty and was released on bail while awaiting trial.

The next hearing was set for May 13, 2022 before US District Judge John Robert Blakey.

If found guilty, he could receive a maximum sentence of five years in prison, for each of the charges charged.

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