THAT’S WHERE THOSE MISSING PACKAGES WENT!

THREE HOUSTON AREA POSTAL WORKERS INDICTED!

A federal grand jury has indicted three current or former postal employees in the Houston area for a variety of felony crimes involving their theft and mishandling of the mails entrusted to them, United States Attorney Don DeGabrielle and Jennifer Broussard, Special Agent in Charge of the Houston office of the U. S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General, announced today.

In the first of three indictments returned by a federal grand jury on Wednesday, July 11, 2007, Sebert Ramey, 21, of Spring, TX, and formerly employed as a temporary letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Spring, TX, has been charged with delay and destruction of U.S. mail by a postal employee, which upon conviction carries a maximum punishment of 5 years in federal prison, without the possibility of parole, plus a fine of up to $250,000.

The indictment against Ramey alleges that on August 24, 2006, Ramey dumped several dozen pieces of U. S. Mail entrusted to him into a neighborhood apartment complex dumpster to avoid having to deliver the mail. The mail was recovered by investigating agents.

Michelle Thordsen, 42, of Splendora, TX and formerly employed as a rural letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Huffman, TX, was charged in a second and separate indictment with theft of U.S. mail by a postal employee and possession of stolen mail. Both charges are federal felony offenses which carry a maximum punishment of 5 years imprisonment without parole and a fine of $250,000 per count, upon conviction.

This second indictment against a postal employee alleges that between June and October 2006, Thordsen while employed by the U.S. Postal Service, stole mail entrusted to her for delivery. In a second count, Thordsen is accused of being in possession of 48 pieces of stolen mail and the contents thereof which had been entrusted to her for delivery in October 2006 .

Michael Kull, 42, of Cypress, TX, and formerly employed as a temporary letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Klein, TX, was charged in a third indictment returned by the Houston grand jury on Wednesday, July 11, 2007. Kull is accused of unlawfully opening a package given to him for delivery to a postal customer with the intent to remove and then steal the contents of the package for his own use. The indictment alleges the package contained prescription narcotics. If convicted of this offense, Kull faces a maximum of 5 years in federal prison, without the possibility of parole, plus a fine of up to $250,000.

All three defendants were taken into federal custody this morning after surrendering themselves to special agents of the U. S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General. All three defendants are expected to appear before a U. S. Magistrate Judge today at which time the issue of their possible release on bond pending trial is expected to be decided.