Former Postal Employee Convicted of Soliciting Bribes During
McALLEN, Texas – A former U.S. Postal Service (USPS)
carrier has entered a guilty plea to receiving bribe money in exchange for
providing addresses of postal ballot recipients, announced U.S. Attorney
Noe Olvera, a 43-year-old resident of Mission, admitted he
accepted $1,000 for providing the addresses in relation to the Hidalgo County
Sheriff’s race in 2014.
It is a violation of law and official duty for Postal
Service employee to provide a list of postal patrons names and/or addresses to
On or about Oct. 15, 2014, Olvera provided a list of names
and addresses of postal patrons on his route in Mission who received ballots
during the Democratic primary. He accepted the $1,000 payment while on duty in
his official vehicle and in his postal carrier uniform.
U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez accepted the plea today
and has set sentencing for May 25, 2017. At that time, he faces a maximum
sentence of 15 years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine. He was permitted to
remain on bond pending that hearing.
The USPS-Office of Inspector General conducted the
investigation with assistance of the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorneys David A.
Lindenmuth and Roberto “Bobby” Lopez are prosecuting the case.