A Miami postal carrier is now facing federal charges after allegedly stealing mail, including a mail-in ballot, ten gift cards and four prepaid debit cards on separate occasions.
Crystal Nicole Myrie is on the receiving end of a federal complaint which was filed by the USPS Office of Inspector General. The complaint states that Myrie "embezzled letters, postal cards and mail which came into her possession intended to be carried or delivered by her."
According to ABC News, the incidents occurred between October 5th and 16th with the mail-in ballot having been sent out on the 6th of the month.
Postal inspector agents interviewed Myrie on Friday when they became suspicious. Myrie admitted at the time to stealing the prepaid debit cards and using them in that interview.
Inspectors then asked that she turn in her postal identification, as per requirements. En route to her car, where she had said she kept her ID card, several official mail satchels were in view with official mail inside them. USPS mail carriers are not authorized to deliver mail from their personal vehicles, or store them at their homes.
The federal complaint goes on to state:
“Upon approaching the vehicle, (one agent) observed, in plain view through a rear window, several postal service satchels containing white envelopes in the back seat of Myrie’s personal vehicle.”
In total, 36 political flyers and over 150 pieces of mail were in her vehicle at the time.
Myrie in the course of the interview admitted to more and more wrongdoings as time went on. At the end she confessed to stealing and interfering with the delivery of mail "for almost two years", according to the complaint.
Mail-in ballot fraud, or instances like the one above, are of widespread concern in Florida.