Post Office employee accused of stealing gift cards sent in the mail
Rochester, N.Y. – A post office employee from Fairport is accused of stealing mail.
James Ludwig was arrested following an investigation into mail thefts in Victor. According to the criminal complaint, post office managers received complaints of missing mail from customers from a specific mail route in Victor to which Ludwig was the assigned carrier. All of the missing mail items were found to have contained gift cards or cash.
Prosecutors say one victim had the ID number of one of the stolen cards. Investigators were able to determine where the card was cashed, and the retailer reportedly was able to identify who cashed it.
Postal OIG Special Agents reportedly conducted surveillance on Ludwig while he worked. During the surveillance, they found Ludwig deviated from his route and also traveled to the home of the person who cashed the above-mentioned gift card. Agents said they also placed a piece of outgoing mail along the Victor route that contained two Wegmans gift cards. They say Ludwig later used those gift cards.
Prosecutors add that a video camera was placed in Ludwig’s postal vehicle. Surveillance video allegedly showed him picking out envelopes that appeared to have greeting cards, opening them and removing items from them. The video also allegedly showed Ludwig preparing two lines of a powdery white substance that he appeared to ingest nasally with a rolled-up dollar bill.
Ludwig made an initial appearance in court and was released.