‘Several tubs and bags:’ Ocala postal worker accused of stealing mail

Miranda Delee Farleigh, 25, delivered mail throughout The Villages

OCALA, Fla. – A USPS employee in Ocala was arrested on mail theft charges, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida announced on Friday.

According to U.S. Attorney Roger B. Handberg, 25-year-old Miranda Delee Farleigh faces up to five years in federal prison if convicted.

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The incident occurred on or around Nov. 23 when Farleigh’s boss “discovered several tubs and bags of U.S Mail in Farleigh’s possession that had been rifled (unlawfully opened),” a release read.

A criminal complaint shows investigators found piles of open mail in her car and bedroom.

Farleigh worked under contract delivering mail throughout The Villages for the Lady Lake Post Office for about six years.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service issued the following statement on Friday:

“The U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s mission is to protect U.S. Postal Service employees, customers and its infrastructure by investigating illegal activity and ensuring the public’s trust in the mail. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service enforces more than 200 federal laws that may adversely affect postal customers or fraudulently use the U.S. Mail or the postal system. The U.S. Mail remains one of the most secure means of transmitting personal information.”

Any potential victim of mail theft is urged to report it to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service by calling 877-876-2455 or by visiting their website.

You can read the full criminal complaint below.

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Samantha started at WKMG-TV in September 2020. Before joining the News 6 team, Samantha was a political reporter for The Villages Daily Sun and has had freelance work featured in the Evansville Courier-Press and The Community Paper. When not writing, she enjoys travelling and performing improv comedy.