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Postal worker sentenced

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 3:20 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 3:26 p.m. CST

PEORIA — A former Princeton postal worker has been placed on two years supervised release and fined $5,000 after being convicted of delay of mail.

Stephen Danielson, 61, of rural Princeton appeared Monday in U.S. Central District Court in Peoria. There was no incarceration time with the sentence.

The official document charged Danielson with being a postal service employee who did unlawfully secrete, detain and delay letters, mail and things contained therein, which had been entrusted to him and which came into his possession intended to be delivered by mail as a carrier or employee of the postal service.

One year ago, in January 2013, the U.S. Office of Inspector General confirmed the agency was conducting an ongoing investigation into a Princeton postal carrier.

On Jan. 11, 2013, Beverly Howard, customer relations coordinator for the Central Illinois District of the USPS, confirmed the carrier was no longer employed by the postal service, having resigned that morning.

On Jan 10, 2013, some Princeton Post Office customers along the carrier’s route received a one-paragraph letter informing them of the investigation and returning to the customers pieces of mail which had been apparently part of the investigation.

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