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Iowa postal employee accused of embezzling letters, postal cards, and mail

SIOUX CITY – An Iowa postal employee is facing federal charges after he was accused of embezzling letters, postal cards, mail and more while doing his job.

Kirk Baird, 42, from Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, has been charged with theft of mail matter by a postal employee.­ The charges are contained in an Indictment filed January 18, 2017, in United States District Court in Sioux City.

The Indictment alleges that, between about August 2016 and October 20, 2016, Baird did embezzle letters, postal cards, and mail, and articles therein, entrusted to him, or which came into his possession intended to be conveyed by mail by the United States Postal Service, and stole, abstracted and removed from such letters, postal cards and mail, cash, gift cards and other items of value contained therein, with intent to convert such items to his own use.

“The agency considers the aforementioned allegations to be a very serious matter. When these types of allegations are made, OIG Special Agents vigorously investigate these matters, as was done in this instance” said Special Agent in Charge Joanne Yarbrough, of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Postal Service’s Western Area Field Office.

If convicted, Baird faces a possible maximum sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment without the possibility of parole, a fine of up to $250,000, a mandatory special assessment of $100, and a term of supervised release of up to one year following any imprisonment.­

Baird’s first appearance in federal court in Sioux City for an arraignment is set for February 2, 2017.

As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jamie Bowers and was investigated by the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General
Office of Investigations.

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