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Court: United States District Court for the District of Utah (Salt Lake County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Salt Lake City
Description: Salt Lake City, Utah criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with delaying and destroying immigration mail that was intended for delivery.
Diana K. Molyneux, was working at a USPS plant known as the Processing and Delivery Center (P&DC) in Salt Lake City, Utah. Working the nightshift, Molyneux sorted and processed Express and Priority Mail intended to be delivered locally or dispatched to Reno, Nevada. A number of immigration mailers from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had gone missing in the fall of 2017. Other mail clerks reported to supervisors that they had found USCIS mail in places that were either outside the normal delivery stream, tampered with, or placed at a location for shredding. As a result of these reports, a criminal investigation was initiated. Between April 2018 and June 2018 Molyneux was captured on camera digging through areas of pre-sorted mail. Camera footage shows Molyneux retrieving and setting aside priority immigration mail, which was never returned to its proper location for dispatch. Between August and September 2018, agents witnessed Molyneux again removing pre-sorted mail that was later identified as USCIS immigration mail. During the September surveillance, Molyneux buried six pieces of priority immigration mail deep in a shred bin that is used to destroy and recycle undeliverable bulk mail. The defendant was suspended from her position and placed on unpaid leave. The complaints to the USPS about lost USCIS type mail from USPS’ Processing and Delivery Center immediately ceased after her termination.
Picture captured from surveillance video of a former U.S. Postal Service Worker convicted of mail fraud.
Molyneux was found guilty of destruction of mail. Sentencing is scheduled for August 1, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. in courtroom 3.4 before a U.S. District Court Judge at the Orrin G. Hatch United States District Courthouse.
“Ms. Molyneux used her position as a U.S. Postal employee to interfere with the delivery of mail. The fact that she targeted immigration mail makes this offense more egregious,” said U.S. Attorney Trina A. Higgins of the District of Utah. “We will continue to work with law enforcement to investigate and prosecute cases where public servants abuse their position to discriminate and cause harm to our community.”
“This successful resolution of this case not only confirms that mail theft committed by Postal Service personnel is completely unacceptable, but it also demonstrates the steadfast commitment of U.S. Postal Service-Office of Inspector General Special Agents in maintaining the integrity of the U.S. Postal Service,” said U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General, Western Pacific Area Field Office, Acting Executive Special Agent-in-Charge Kenneth Bulle. “The USPS-OIG values our partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and other Postal Service partners in holding Postal Service personnel accountable for their actions when they violate a position of trust.”
The U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (USPS-OIG), is investigating the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys, Drew Yeates and Sam Pead are prosecuting the case.
Outcome: Defendant was found guilty by a jury.