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A night mail handler at USPS entered a guilty plea in Colorado federal court on August 11, 2010 to two counts of theft by mail. According to a plea agreement, the man will be sentenced in November to one and a half to two years in prison and fined from $4,000 – $40,000.
The man admitted stealing from 100-150 packages a week since January 2008, valued roughly at over $283,000. His haul included CDs, DVDs and Victoria’s Secret lingerie, and came from large on-line sellers such as He gave the lingerie to his wife and sold the stolen CDs and DVDs to Angelo’s Movies, Music and Gifts, reportedly one of the largest independent music stores in the Denver metro area. Receipts from Angelo’s indicated purchases from the man of 11,829 items valued at over $85,000. Owner Angelo Coiro said that the man was not asked where the merchandise came from. Coiro said he assumed the man owned a business, based on the random nature of the items sold.
Let’s say that over a less than two-year period someone offers to sell you a total of over 11,000 (yes, that’s thousand) random items. Would you at least wonder where this merchandise came from? Or would you just assume the merchandise must be owned by the seller? Or would you simply ask? Oh, and Angelo’s has not been charged with any wrongdoing.
Food for thought.

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