Postal workers charged with stealing 300 iPhones

NEWS-LEDGER – OCT 5, 2011 –

Two workers at the U.S. Postal Service’s mail processing facility on Industrial Boulevard have been indicted for charges relating to the alleged theft of hundreds of AT&T iPhone cell phones.

United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced Sept. 22 that a federal grand jury returned a 61-count indictment today charging Saravy Yem, 27, of Stockton, and Angel Pantoja-Lopez, 27, of North Highlands, with conspiracy to steal mail and mail theft by postal service employees.

According to court documents, Yem and Pantoja-Lopez worked at the West Sacramento processing and distribution center, sorting and processing mail. The complaint alleges that Yem and Pantoja-Lopez would open parcels containing AT&T iPhones, hide the iPhones on their persons or clothing, and dispose of the empty parcels amid other USPS equipment.

 According to court documents, investigators collected about 300 empty AT&T iPhone parcels at the West Sacramento facility.

This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General. Assistant United States Attorney Camil A. Skipper is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, the defendants face a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison for each theft, said U.S. Attorney Wagner, although many variables would be considered by the court.

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