- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) - A postal worker accused of stealing as many as 2,000 pieces of mail in suburban Detroit will escape charges if she pays $1,500 and meets other conditions.

Court filings show the government dropped a criminal complaint against Sharon Berrien. Instead, she’ll pay $50 a month toward her debt, perform 40 hours of community service and follow other requirements for one year.

A judge approved the deal Friday.

The investigation began in October when mail was found along Pelham Road and Interstate 94 and given to the Taylor postmaster. In November, 800 pieces were found in Berrien’s trash. Three bags were inside a closet.

Berrien says she kept $1,000 to $1,500. She told investigators that she was “bored” and didn’t have any financial problems.

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