Postman responsible for opening mail to steal money, gift cards

OCALA — A contracted Lady Lake carrier who delivered mail to The Villages pleaded guilty to opening approximately 4,000 pieces of mail in an attempt to steal money and gift cards to support his heroin habit.

Miranda Delee Farleigh, 25, of Ocklawaha, could face up to five years in prison for possession of stolen mail, according to the US Attorney’s Office.

A sentencing date has not been set. She was charged on February 1.

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Farleigh’s supervisor discovered on November 23 that several bins and bags full of mail in his possession had been opened. When he confronted her, she confessed that she had been opening outgoing mail to Lake and Sumter counties for about a month.

Charges were filed after the United States Postal Inspection Service conducted an investigation. He is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert E. Bodnar, Jr. for the Central District of Florida.

Michael N. Clark