A former U.S. Postal Service employee accused of stealing cash and gift cards from mail was indicted on 71 counts of theft of mail by an employee.
Terrence R. McLean, 37, of Westerville was also indicted on 12 counts of receipt of stolen mail and two counts of assault on a federal officer which occurred during his arrest on June 29.
Agents approached McLean as he was leaving the building and told him that he was under arrest. At that time, McLean allegedly punched, bit and struck agents with a coffee mug and cooler. The agents were taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for injuries, 10TV News reported.
Agents said that they found 71 first class letters, including 65 that he has stuffed into his underwear, when they searched McLean.
Seventeen gift cards were found in McLean's wallet and three more, along with $341 in cash, were found in his work apron, investigators said.
Mail theft by an employee and receipt of stolen mail materials are each punishable by up to five years in prison. Assault on a federal officer is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
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July 3, 2012: Postal Worker Accused Of Stealing Cash, Gift Cards From Mail, Stuffing Them In Underwear