Postal worker sentenced to prison for stealing checks

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former U.S. Postal Service employee has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for his role in the theft of U.S. Treasury checks from the mail.

Joan Manuel Mustafa of Providence was sentenced Friday. The 28-year-old and another former postal worker, Erick Vera-Garzon, in the fall had pleaded guilty to conspiracy, theft of mail and theft of public money or property.

Vera-Garzon was sentenced last month to three years in prison.

Prosecutors said they sold the checks on the streets of Rhode Island and New York or deposited them in bank accounts opened with stolen or fraudulent information. They were arrested in April after police and federal investigators seized more than 900 stolen U.S. checks valued at about $1.6 million.

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