'Old School' Florida postal worker charged with stealing government checks from route

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — A South Florida postal worker was arrested Wednesday and charged with stealing government checks from his delivery route, officials said.

Sammie “Old School” Williams Jr., is accused of pulling the checks out of the mail in Miami Gardens and selling them for cash, a federal criminal complaint said.

Law enforcement was tipped off to the alleged thefts by an informant who told investigators he had purchased stolen checks from Williams in the past, court documents said.

Williams was also accused of participating in an identity theft operation by giving individuals filing fraudulent tax returns addresses on his route, officials said.

He would then pull the checks and give them to the individuals in exchange for cash, court documents said.

On Monday, the informant met with Williams while wearing a wire and recorded the postal worker agreeing to pull three government checks from his route the next day, investigators said.

Law enforcement agents placed three checks into Williams’ mail bundle, which he allegedly delivered to the informant the next day for $600, officials said.

He was arrested and charged with theft of mail by an officer or employee of the United States and theft of public money or property.