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Iowa postal assistant pleads guilty to stealing mail items

October 28, 2019 GMT

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A northwestern Iowa postal assistant has pleaded guilty to a federal theft charge after she was arrested for stealing money and painkillers out of the mail.

The U.S. attorney’s office announced the plea Monday from 30-year-old Cassandra Rheuport, of Rolfe. Rheuport pleaded guilty to theft of mail by a postal employee in U.S. District Court in Sioux City.

Prosecutors say Rheuport admitted that she opened and stole mail entrusted to her as a postal employee. She stole at least $395 as well as narcotic medications prescribed to others between February and July 28, 2018.

Rheuport remains free on bond until her sentencing. She faces up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, a special assessment of $100 and up to one year of supervised release.

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The story has been updated to correct the name of Cassandra Rheuport in paragraph two.