Postal Clerk Sentenced For Stealing Cash, Gift Cards From Mail By Stuffing Items In Pants

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A former processing clerk was sentenced on Tuesday to 18 months in prison for stealing cash and gift cards out of the mail.

Terrence R. McLean, 38, of Westerville was also convicted of assaulting officers who arrested him.

McLean worked at the USPS Processing and Distribution Center in Columbus.

Police said McLean was observed opening envelopes and sticking the contents into his pants.

"McLean targeted greeting cards for his theft scheme since they often contained money or gift cards," Assistant U.S. Attorney Doug Squires wrote in a court document.

McLean also struck officers with a coffee mug and cooler when they arrested him outside of the center.

Police found 71 letters on McLean, including 65 he had stuffed in his underwear. He had money and gift cards totaling $341.

McLean pleaded guilty in December to 71 counts of mail theft by an employee, 12 counts of receipt of stolen mail and two counts of assault on a federal officer.

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