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Nevada mail carrier sentenced to prison for stealing, opening 70 pieces of mail

Posted at 10:06 PM, Aug 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 01:15:04-04

NEVADA (KTNV) — David Stephen Bangs II, 34, of Henderson, was sentenced Thursday to six months in federal prison to be followed by one year of supervised release for stealing mail while employed as a contract mail carrier by the U.S. Postal Service.

The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge John D. Masters, Western Area Field Office, USPS Office of the Inspector General.

“Our office is proud to partner with the U.S. Postal Service to stop mail theft in our Nevada communities — including by holding accountable those who betray the public’s trust,” said U.S. Attorney Trutanich.

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From April 1, 2018, to August 7, 2019, Bangs performed contract delivery services for the U.S. Postal Service, according to court documents.

In June 2019, customers in one neighborhood complained about missing or opened mail to the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General. Bangs was identified as the letter carrier for that area.

The USPS OIG conducted a test on his route, and Bangs was found to have stolen money from the test letter, according to Nevada authorities.

During an interview, Bangs admitted that, between February 2019 and August 2019, he targeted customer mail that he believed contained cash. He admitted to stealing mail from at least 67 victims.

On Feb. 4, 2020, Bangs pleaded guilty to one count of mail theft before U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro, who sentenced him.

Nevada authorities say the charges resulted from an investigation by the USPS OIG.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy Robbins and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Fang prosecuted the case.

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