Postal worker investigated for mail fraud

    New Jersey is having a banner day.

    When Laura Dunn went to open her mail, she found that birthday and graduation cards had already been “blatantly opened.” After confirming that it wasn’t anyone in her household, the South Harrison Township, N.J. resident headed to her local post office.

    NJ.com reports that she initially believed that the opened mail was the result of some neighborhood kid, and had hoped that the postal workers could just keep an eye out. But when the postmaster came out to talk to her, she realized the problem was larger than she expected.

    She was told that the person in question was just filling in, that they were no longer on her route, and that the post office had the situation under control.

    But when Dunn returned home, she found another card in her mailbox, already opened.

    “She was later informed that the postal worker was found with a sixth card addressed to her daughter — which the sender said had originally contained $40,” stated the article.

    “Someone went in my mailbox, opened my mail and stole money,” she said. “When I found out it was a postal employee, I was really annoyed.”

    According to postal officials, the sticky-fingered employee has been identified and an investigation is ongoing.

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