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    A former employee of the Moab Post Office, shown here, has pled guilty to mail theft. File photo by Carter Pape

    A former Moab Post Office employee pleaded guilty this week to mail theft by a postal employee. Legal representation for Richard C. Davis reached a plea deal with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Davis to serve 24 months of probation and 100 hours of community service as part of the deal. Davis had originally pleaded not guilty in January to the charge.

    Davis’s guilty plea comes one year after the Inspector General of the United States Postal Service opened an investigation into allegations from local residents that their mail was getting stolen from the Moab Post Office.

    Locals shared with The Times-Independent stories of cards with money going missing after being sent to or from Moab, and the inspector general later contacted the newspaper to attempt to connect with the impacted individuals.

    A Moab woman who faced two charges in 2012 for allegedly stealing mail also pleaded guilty to a charge of theft by a postal employee. She was also sentenced to two years of probation and 100 hours of community service, in addition to five days in jail and $793 in fines.

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