A U.S. Postal Service supervisor in Derby, Connecticut was fined $ 20,000 and three years probation for stealing packages over a two-month period, including “PlayStation gaming devices and Nintendo “. Zoheb A. Deura will serve the first nine months of her sentence confined to her home, and is no longer a USPS employee. Deura’s actions weren’t limited to video game consoles; during this time, the supervisor also stole an iPhone, clothes and more. Deura pleaded guilty to the charges in October and her conviction was announced Wednesday by the United States Attorney’s Office, Connecticut District.
The Office of the Inspector General of the United States Postal Services investigated Deura’s activities, while Deputy United States Attorney Robert S. Ruff pursued the case. The period in which the packages were stolen occurred between February and April 2020, so the stolen PlayStation console would likely have been a PS4, as opposed to a PS5. Considering how difficult the PS5 units are coming this year, it seems likely that many fans would have been very upset if that had been the case!
That said, the “Nintendo gaming device” probably refers to a Nintendo Switch. During this time last year, the console was extremely difficult to find, which likely proved frustrating for the intended recipient. Animal Crossing: New Horizons released in March 2020, and the onset of the coronavirus pandemic has made the game and its console extremely hard to find. However, it’s impossible to say for sure if this may have been part of the motivation to pick up the console.
While the situation will certainly prove to be frustrating for those who may have been victims of mail theft, Deura’s accusations should show that the USPS takes these kinds of issues very seriously. Hopefully the charges and fines against Duera will show those considering mail theft the potential consequences.
Those who believe they have been the victims of mail theft can find information on how to report an issue in the link to the US Attorney’s Office announcing the charges. here.
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