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Oneida Co. man sentenced for mail theft

34-year-old Michael Oliver of Waterville was sentenced in United States District Court following his earlier plea of guilty to two counts of obstructing mail.

Oliver was sentenced to one year of probation and 25 hours of community service. He will have to pay a fine of $250 and $1,155.95 in restitution to the known victims.

The charges came after an investigation by the U.S Postal Service that revealed Oliver obstructed the passage of the mail by opening envelopes addressed to others and stealing contents of that mail, all while employed as a highway contract driver for the Postal Service in Oneida and Chenango counties.

Between May and September 2014, Oliver stole greeting cards, cash, and gift cards, among other things, from at least 160 different pieces of mail.

Thirty-one victims submitted victim-impact statements for the court to consider in deciding Oliverâ??s sentence.

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