Lake Woman Pleads Guilty to Delaying or Destroying U.S. Mail by a Postal Employee

Natchez, Miss. – Virginia Perkins, 49, of Lake, Mississippi, pled guilty today before Senior U.S. District Judge David Bramlette III to delay or destruction of U.S. mail by a postal employee, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Christopher Cave, U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (OIG), Southern Area Field Office.

Perkins was employed as a mail carrier. On January 17, 2017, following numerous complaints regarding undelivered mail along her route, agents conducted surveillance of Perkins as she delivered mail. The agents found that mail was not being delivered as addressed. A search of her vehicle yielded approximately 2,044 pieces of letter mail and 340 flats that Perkins did not deliver. As a result of this investigation, Perkins submitted her resignation to management.

“The conviction obtained today has been the culmination of a thorough investigation completed by our agents to ensure the continued protection of the integrity of Postal Service delivery systems,” said Special Agent in Charge Christopher Cave, of the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General Southern Area Field Office. “The USPS-OIG, along with our law enforcement partners is vigilant and will continue to vigorously investigate these types of cases.”

Perkins is currently released on bond and will be sentenced by Judge Bramlette on June 4, 2019 , at 1:30 pm in Natchez. She faces a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by agents from the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kimberly Purdie.

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Let her serve the entire 5 years without any suspended sentence. The citizens trust USPS mail carriers.

Now tell me, what was the Postmaster doing. He’s suppose to check the trucks at night to make sure there is nothing let inside. Some of what happened could have been avoided if caught earlier. I don’t know what people are thinking when it comes to stealing from the post office. They maybe behind the times when it comes to technology, but they seem to be up-to-date when it comes to catching thieves.

So she is a mail carrier and she got 5 years and a 250,000 fine. I knew a postmaster who STOLE over 100,000.All she got was fired. No jail time, no fines. Lost her retirement. I guess postmasters are exempt from jail and fines!