- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 1, 2014

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - A 40-year-old southern Oregon man accused of stealing valuable packages, including thousands of dollars in cash, when he worked as a FedEx driver has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports (https://is.gd/DbI1Lk ) that Victor Manuel Chavez was sentenced Monday in Medford after earlier pleading guilty to single counts of theft from an interstate shipment and money laundering.

Court papers say that during four years of work for FedEx, Chavez helped sort packages flown to Medford and routed to delivery trucks driven by Chavez and others. Prosecutors say Chavez would identify packages he believed contained large amounts of cash and make sure those items wound up on his truck. Police say he took those packages home. Officials suspect the packages contained payments for out-of-state sales of Oregon-grown marijuana.

Court documents say he is also suspected of rerouting and stealing electronics and sporting equipment.

The newspaper says federal investigators conservatively estimate the amount of cash and loot taken in the scheme at $200,000.


Information from: Mail Tribune, https://www.mailtribune.com/

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