United States attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced on Friday, April 5 that Veronica Marie Gray, 43, of Lewiston, California, was arrested recently for multiple counts of post office burglary, obstruction of U.S. mail, theft of U.S. mail, possession of stolen U.S. mail, and false statements. Gray is scheduled to appear before U.S. magistrate Carolyn K. Delaney at 2 p.m. on April 17 for arraignment on these charges.
This case is the product of an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service, with the assistance of the Trinity County sheriff’s department and the California Highway Patrol. Assistant United States attorney Michelle Rodriguez is prosecuting the case.
According to court documents, from about Jan. 28, through March 27 of this year, the Lewiston post office repeatedly suffered U.S. mail theft and burglary. Gray is alleged to have stolen U.S. mail from post office boxes. According to court documents, among the items targeted by Gray for theft were parcels containing prescription medications.
If convicted, Gray faces up to five years in prison for each of the three charges of theft of U.S. mail and the single charge of possession of stolen U.S. mail, up to 10 years in prison for each of the three felony charges of post office burglary, and up to five years in prison for the single charge of obstruction of U.S. mail. In addition, she faces up to five years in prison for making false statements to federal law enforcement officials.
Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the federal sentencing guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.
The charges are only allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.