MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Duluth Post Office worker pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to stealing about $1,500 in Menards rebate checks and Big Game Money Cards from residents along his mail route.

Giang Nguyen, 48, of Superior, Wis., pleaded guilty to one count of theft of mail by postal employee.

He admitted that from March 2010 to Jan. 7, 2011, while employed by the Duluth Post Office, he removed applications for Menards rebate checks, the actual rebate checks, and Menards Big Game Money Cards from the mail he was entrusted to deliver.

Nguyen also altered the stolen rebate check applications so that Menards would issue the checks to himself, rather than his mail route customers.

In total, Nguyen stole at least 77 pieces of mail from at least 45 residents, totaling at least $1,456.75.

He faces a potential maximum penalty of five years in prison.


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