Postal worker sentenced for role in mail theft scheme

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A postal worker has been sentenced for his role in a mail theft scheme.

Jeffrey Watkins, Jr., 29, was arrested by Cheektowaga police back in May.

He later pleaded guilty to identity theft, criminal possession of a forged instrument, scheme to defraud and official misconduct.

While working, officials say Watkins stole checks from mailboxes. This happened between November of 2017 and May of 2018.

Most of the theft victims lived in the Walden Ave., Pine Ridge Rd. and Genesee St. areas.

Prosecutors say Watkins and two others deposited the checks into a number of bank accounts for their own personal use.

In all, investigators think more than $26,000 was stolen from postal customers.

Watkins was sentenced to six months in jail and five years of probation. He was also ordered to repay more than $31,000 in restitution.

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