Detroit postal carrier stole more than $2K in checks from mail, feds say

Posted at 12:57 PM, Aug 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-10 20:17:41-04

A Detroit postal carrier is accused of stealing thousands of dollars in checks from the mail she was delivering, according to a federal criminal complaint unsealed on Thursday.

According to the complaint, Brianna Renee Readous stole the money from the route she was responsible for.

The Postal Office of the Inspector General began investigating allegations that checks sent through the mail were not arriving in zip codes 48202 and 48211. That covers the New Center area of Detroit and the area from Warren Ave. to the south, Oakland Ave. to the west, Grand Blvd. to the east and Caniff to the south, near Hamtramck.

On March 21, Readous deposited a check for $400 from a customer on her route and was caught at the ATM in St. Clair Shores depositing the check.

Four days later on March 25, she deposited a check for $660 into her account through a remote deposit capture. The same day, she also deposited a check for $645 at the same ATM in St. Clair Shores. Both of those victims are on her postal route.

The complaint says she was caught doing it again on March 27 with a check for $645.

On April 4, she was interviewed by law enforcement and admitted to taking boxes of personal checks from the U.S. Mail and depositing them in her bank account.