CHICAGO – Last year, a former US Postal Service employee was charged with stealing mail containing government stimulus checks.
Olivia Bryant, 33, is charged with three counts of theft from the United States Postal Service.
On March 17, 2021, she stole three pieces of mail from her route, according to the indictment. Prosecutors told a judge during her arraignment on Monday that the mail contained government stimulus checks.
Federal prosecutors did not say how much money was stolen in the stimulus payments.
At the time, the IRS was distributing a third round of pandemic-era stimulus checks to taxpayers, with payments ranging from $1,400 to $2,800 for married couples and $1,400 to qualifying dependents.
Bryant has pleaded not guilty and is being held on bond pending her trial. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for each count.