Postal Workers Rigged Santa Program: Feds
Federal criminal charges include conspiracy and mail fraud
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 17, 2015 4:05 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Three New York postal workers have been accused of playing the Grinch and stealing gifts destined for underprivileged children by rigging the Operation Santa program where they worked. Federal criminal charges including conspiracy and mail fraud against two current and one former postal worker were unsealed today in federal court. The unsealing came the day the three were arrested. A US Postal Service agent says in the complaint the two men and one woman carried out their scheme between November 2013 and January 2014.

The three worked at Operation Santa Headquarters in the huge James A. Farley Post Office in Manhattan. The complaint says they wrote fake letters to fraudulently obtain electronics, clothing, and other items, and even replaced underprivileged kids' addresses with their own addresses for gifts to be delivered.