In Brooklyn, New York, United States Postal Service customers on Michael Olivio’s route have been getting shortchanged.
People who had been expecting mail, especially greeting card and most especially those with cash inside, were complaining to the post office that some of their mail was missing.
The complaints had been coming in since June, so U.S. Postal Inspection Service Special Agent Stephen Dolloff decided that it was something that warranted an investigation. During September and then again last week Dolloff set up a sting operation using decoy greeting cards.
One of the cards contained cash and a concealed electronic transmitter. The transmitter revealed that Olivio did not deliver the card, but instead kept it in his car.
When Olivio was arrested, more than 130 articles of undelivered mail were found in his car with the decoy. He admitted that he had been taking the mail and lately had gotten away with as many as 35 per day.
Olivio was released from jail on his own recognizance. It is not known at this time exactly how much cash he is accused of stealing or what charges he will face.