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Post Office Employee Who Opened and Searched Letters in Manhattan Gets Probation

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Dec 2 – Cesar Vazquez began working for the US Postal Service in Manhattan in April 2018. On January 31, 2020 he was presented on charges of tampering with, opening and searching mail in the Manhattan USPS Processing and Distribution Center, which also serves The Bronx.

    In the underlying complaint USPS Special Agent William Bianco recounts how in October 2019 opened mail was discovered in a third floor bathroom of the Processing and Distribution Center.

   Overnight on November 22-23, Vazquez on Delivery Bar Code Sorting Machines 22 and 79 was monitored and video-surveilled. According to the complaint he was observed removing and searching at least 18 letters. 

 On January 30, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge James L. Cott signed a sealed complaint for Vazquez' arrest. On January 31 Vazquez was brought shackled before Judge Cott, who ordered him released without bond.

  Jump cut to December 2, after months of COVID pandemic. Vazquez had pleaded guilty on June 29 and had been allowed to travel to California. "It's your life, not mine," Judge Jed S. Rakoff told him.

By December 2 the US Attorney's Office was asking for zero to six month of incarceration or just probation. The latter was arrived at; no fine.

The case is US v. Vazquez, 20-cr-154 (Rakoff).


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