KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A former postal carrier was sentenced in federal court today for stealing mail from dozens of residents and for possessing methamphetamine to distribute.

Brandy Manning, 40, of Liberty, Missouri, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to six years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Manning to pay $3,993 in restitution.

Manning, who was employed as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service from June 9, 2007, to June 5, 2017, pleaded guilty on Jan. 17, 2019, to one count of mail theft by a postal employee and one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Manning admitted that she stole driver’s licenses mailed to customers on her route, as well as credit cards, debit cards, rebate cards, checks, and other mail matter. Manning also admitted that she used the stolen identifications, credit and debit cards, and checks to unlawfully purchase items and to create counterfeit checks.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service and U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General sent questionnaires to all the identifiable victims and everyone on Manning’s postal route. The agencies received a total of 54 victim impact responses.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathleen D. Mahoney. It was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Postal Service – Office of Inspector General, the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, and the Cass County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department.

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