- The Washington Times - Monday, September 19, 2011

A Hyattsville woman working as a postal service mail processor pleaded guilty in federal court on Monday to a charge stemming from the theft of 900 pieces of mail that were addressed to charities and contained cash and checks worth $9,000.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District said Lisa M. Hunter, 41, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District to one count of obstruction of the mail and faces up to six months in jail when she is sentenced on Dec. 16.

Authorities said that on June 2 at about 10:40 a.m., a Postal Service police officer saw Ms. Hunter pushing a mail cart through a turnstile at the employee exit of the Brentwood postal facility in Northeast Washington.

When questioned, she claimed that she had been authorized by a supervisor to remove the mail from the facility. But the man she said gave her permission told investigators he was not her supervisor and that he did not authorize her to take the mail.

Prosecutors said the mail was addressed to two charities and contained more than $9,000 worth of donations in the form of cash and checks. The charities included World Villages for Children, which provides food, care and education for needy children throughout the world, and Help Hospitalized Veterans, which distributes therapeutic arts and crafts to patients at Department of Veterans Affairs centers and encourages volunteers and pen-pal relationships with hospitalized veterans.

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