A former Chicago-area mail carrier pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing nearly 30,000 letters containing donations to a charity on his route, reports the Chicago Tribune.
Frederick L. Taylor, a 12-year employee of the Berwyn, Ill., post office, admitted withholding mail containing $275,000 in checks, cash, and money orders intended for the unnamed nonprofit group between August 2010 and August 2011. He pocketed nearly $18,000 in cash gifts from the letters, authorities said.
Mr. Taylor, 41, pleaded guilty to one count of possessing stolen mail and faces up to five years in prison. Sentencing was scheduled for November 19.