Former US Postal worker in Hartford admits stealing cash and gift cards from letters | USAO-CT

Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that NATHANIEL BONILLA, 32, of Bristol, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Bridgeport to the theft of mail by a postal worker .

According to court documents and statements made in court, Bonilla was a mail processing clerk at the U.S. Postal Service’s Processing and Distribution Center (PDC) in Hartford. Between April 2020 and October 2020, Bonilla opened mail envelopes with a razor blade and removed cash and dozens of gift cards or prepaid debit cards for his personal use.

In September 2020, a New York woman sent a letter containing a $500 Home Depot gift card to a family member in Torrington. The Torrington resident received the envelope, but it had been opened and the gift card removed. Bonilla was later captured in Home Depot in-store surveillance footage using the gift card to purchase merchandise.

On October 16, 2020, investigators confronted Bonilla as he opened a letter with a razor blade. On that date, a search of his personal bag contained 44 gift cards he had previously stolen at work and 37 opened envelopes at his workstation at the PDC in Hartford.

Bonilla was arrested on November 20, 2020.

Bonilla is expected to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford on February 10, 2022, at which time Bonilla faces a maximum prison term of five years. Bonilla is released on $50,000 bail pending sentencing.

This case is being investigated by the US Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, and is being prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Hal Chen.

Individuals who believe they have been victims of mail theft are encouraged to file a complaint by calling 888-USPS-OIG or visiting www.uspsoig.gov/form/new-complaint-form.

Michael N. Clark