June 4, 2010
Baltimore, Maryland – Althaniel Arson Dailey, age 47, of Severn, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to mail theft.
The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Postal Inspector in Charge Daniel S. Cortez of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service – Washington Division.
According to the plea agreement, on February 28, 2009, Dailey, a former police officer and Postal Service employee, arrived at the loading dock at the Columbia, Maryland Post Office, where he had been employed until his discharge three to four weeks earlier. Dailey represented himself to be an employee of a large Postal Service customer in the area which picks up its own mail because it contains a large volume of returned mail containing cash. Dailey loaded the company’s 12 letter trays and two tubs of mail into his car.
Dailey admits that later that day, wearing his former Postal Service uniform, and identifying himself as a Postal Service employee, he delivered two tubs and three letter trays of mail to the company’s corporate headquarters. Dailey retained nine letter trays of mail, consisting primarily of returned mail. Each of the approximately 600 letters in each of the nine trays contained cash, totaling approximately $10,800.
Dailey faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett has scheduled sentencing for August 19, 2010 at 10:30 a.m.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney Tamera L. Fine, who is prosecuting the case.