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15 ex-FedEx employees indicted for theft of mail, obstruction

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Fifteen former employees at the FedEx Worldwide Hub facility at the Memphis International Airport were indicted Dec. 18 on charges related to stealing items from U.S. Mail being processed through the facility.

"FedEx has zero tolerance for criminal activity and regards the security of our customer shipments a top priority," FedEx spokesperson Shea Leordeanu said. "We regularly work with law enforcement authorities around the world to insure our customers' interests are protected. Because this is an ongoing judicial matter, any additional information would need to come from the authorities."

Deborah J. Belcher, 50, Memphis, is charged with four counts of theft of mail. The indictments allege that Belcher knowingly stole items from the mail on at least four occasions. These items included Target gift cards and Walmart gift cards.

Andre' Smith, 23, Memphis, is charged with two counts of theft of mail and one count of obstruction of correspondence. The indictments allege Smith stole items from U.S. Mail Express Mail packages and letters, including U.S. currency and marijuana, and that he also opened, detained or destroyed mail. He is also specifically charged with stealing $2,111 in cash on or about January 7, 2011.

Argle Williamson, 22, Memphis, is charged with two counts of theft of mail and one count of obstruction of correspondence. The indictments allege Williamson stole items from U.S. Mail Express Mail packages and letters, including U.S. currency and marijuana, and that he also opened, detained or destroyed mail. He is also specifically charged with stealing $6,940 in cash on or about January 7, 2011.

Rodney Jones II, 22, Memphis, is charged with two counts of theft of mail. The indictments allege Jones stole items from U.S. Mail Express Mail packages and letters, including U.S. currency and marijuana. He is also specifically charged with stealing marijuana between November 1, 2010 and January 7, 2011.

Marshall Allen McKinney, 24, Bolivar, Tenn., is charged with one count of theft of mail and one count of obstruction of correspondence. The indictments allege Jones stole items from U.S. Mail Express Mail packages and letters, including U.S. currency and marijuana, and that he also opened, detained or destroyed mail.

Harry Deshon Johnson, 26, Memphis, is charged with three counts of obstruction of correspondence. The indictment alleges that on at least three occasions, Johnson opened, detained, or destroyed mail.

Gene Albert May, 26, Memphis, is charged with one count of theft of mail. The indictment alleges that on at least one occasion May stole items from U.S. Mail greeting cards, including cash and retail store gift cards.

Davious Montrez Hewlett, 23, Memphis, is charged with one count of theft of mail. The indictment alleges that on at least one occasion Hewlett stole items from U.S. Mail greeting cards, including cash and retail store gift cards.

Kityra Jeami Pirtle, 32, Memphis, is charged with one count of theft of mail. The indictment alleges that on at least one occasion Pirtle stole cash from U.S. Mail greeting cards.

Marcus Wesley Shaw, 30, Memphis, is charged with one count of theft of mail. The indictment alleges that on at least one occasion Shaw stole items from U.S. Mail greeting cards, including cash and retail store gift cards.

Charles Curtis Sangster, Jr., 32, Memphis, is charged with one count of theft of mail. The indictment alleges that on at least one occasion Sangster stole cash from U.S. Mail greeting cards.

Janell Letrise Phillips, 22, Memphis, is charged with one count of theft of mail. The indictment alleges that on at least one occasion Phillips stole cash from U.S. Mail greeting cards.

Robert Deneral Hughes, 22, Memphis, is charged with one count of theft of mail. The indictment alleges that on at least one occasion Phillips stole cash from U.S. Mail greeting cards.

David Whitman Geer, 45, Olive Branch, Miss., is charged with one count of obstruction of correspondence. The indictment alleges that on at least one occasion, Geer opened, detained, or destroyed mail.

Christopher Cory Westbrooks, 26, Memphis, is charged with one count of obstruction of correspondence. The indictment alleges that on at least one occasion, Westbrooks opened, detained, or destroyed mail.

Each count carries a possible sentence of up to five years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000. These cases are being investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, with the assistance of FedEx Corporate Security. The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Justin Bailey, Leetra Harris, and Deb Ireland on behalf of the government.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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