BOISE – Guy K. Dunne, 45, of Meridian, Idaho, was sentenced today to two years of probation for theft of mail matter by a postal employee, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge fined Dunne $3,000 and ordered him to pay $255.11 in restitution, and costs of drug testing and treatment. Dunne pleaded guilty on October 12, 2011, to count one of an information filed on September 27, 2011.
According to the plea agreement, Dunne was employed as a city carrier by the U.S. Postal Service from December 1997 to April 2011. Between January 21 and February 12, 2010, the Caldwell Post Office in Caldwell, Idaho, determined that several U.S. Veterans Administration (VA) medication packages were missing from the post office. In April 2010, video surveillance conducted by special agents of the Postal Service Office of Inspector General observed Dunne removing a VA medication package from a delivery cart and placing it under mail he was already carrying. Dunne was subsequently interviewed and admitted to the theft. According to the plea agreement, Dunne stole the medications to sustain his addiction to hydrocodone. Dunne admitted that over the prior year he had stolen an estimated 20 to 40 VA medication packages. The Postal Service identified missing packages intended for 29 recipients; Dunne has agreed to pay restitution for those packages.
The case was investigated by the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General.