LUBBOCK, TX –– Possession of stolen mail is a serious crime and one that led to two Lubbock area postal workers to be indicted by a federal grand jury.
According to Acting U.S. Attorney Chad E. Meacham, 22-year-old Joe Roy Rivas, III and 35-year-old Jessica Lynn Solomon were employed by Cargo Force, Inc.
The company contracted with the United States Postal Service to load mail into and out of air containers for flights that arrived and departed from the Lubbock International Airport.
During the course of the investigation, authorities discovered the two suspects would sift through the mail looking for items that contained cash, gift cards, checks, and money orders.
This included checks for $25,728 made payable to a telecom co-op, a $15,000 check to a consulting group, and a $241,1863 check to a facilities management and food services company.
The duo would then stash the stolen mail in 55-gallon trash bags at their homes. This led authorities to recover more than 8,000 pieces of mail valued at more than $4 million.
This seizure of stolen mail is the largest ever made in the history of the Northern District of Texas.
If Rivas and Solomon are found guilty they could face up to 45 years in prison.