OMAHA, Neb. — A former U.S. Postal Service employee in Omaha was indicted for mail theft, and federal prosecutors said Monday that they have identified about 216 victims.
Austin M. Thomas, 29, is accused of committing theft by mail between September of last year and this past January, the Omaha World-Herald reported.
The U.S. Postal Service has reduced employee compensation costs over the last decade, but not as much as the agency initially predicted.
The government alleges the thefts involve “a large number of card-sized envelopes and greeting cards that contained gift cards and cash.”
Due to the large number of victims requiring notification, U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan Bazis granted the government’s motion to use alternative procedures to alert victims.