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Postal worker accused of stealing more than $4000 from mail

Terrence Jacobs

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CLEVELAND, OH — Acting US Attorney Bridget M. Brennan stated that an indictment was unsealed today charging Sa’Shanna Estell, 26, of Cleveland, Ohio, with theft of mail by a postal employee.

According to the indictment, in the midst of July and September of 2020, defendant, a United States Postal Services mail processing associate, knowingly removed from and stole from the mail a cashier’s check worth $3,870, eight gift cards totaling somewhere around $330, a smartwatch, an Apple iPad, other clothing, a pair of Reebok shoes, two packages of THC edibles and $76 in cash.

In total, Estell has allegedly stolen approximately $4,594.67.

If convicted, a defendant’s punishment will be determined by the court after review of components unique to this case, including the defendant’s criminal records before this crime, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense, and the characteristics of the violation. In all situations, the penalty will not exceed the maximum allowed by law, and in most cases, it will be less.

The US Postal Service Office of Inspector General’s Cleveland Resident Office performed this investigation. Andrea Isabella, an Assistant United States Attorney, is prosecuting this case.

An indictment is a formal accusation that a person has committed a severe crime based on available evidence. A person is indicted if there is enough evidence to indicate that they committed a crime.

An indictment is merely a charge, not proof of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial, with the burden of proof falling on the government to show guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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