Former Postal Employee Pleads Guilty To Stealing Mail

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former employee at a south Louisiana post office has pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing mail, prosecutors said.

Harold Saintes Jr., 52, of Franklin, entered the plea Tuesday to one count of theft of mail, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana said in a news release.

Saintes worked at the post office in Loranger, a town of about 7,000 just northeast of Hammond, The Advocate reported. While there, he took $380 worth of wrongly-sent parcels between Sept. 1, 2019 and Oct. 19, 2019, he admitted in court filings, the newspaper said.

An investigator from the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of the Inspector General found that Saintes was opening packages in his office and taking their contents home in his personal vehicle. In an interview with investigators, he admitted having financial troubles and needing the money, prosecutors said.

Saints faces up to five years in jail, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine, prosecutors said. His sentencing is set for Jan. 4, 2022.