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Forum Communications, Published September 07 2012

Former postal carrier charged with theft

DULUTH, Minn. – A former Duluth postal carrier has been charged with theft of mail by a postal employee.

Giang Nguyen, 48, of Superior, Wis., was charged Thursday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.

Nguyen is accused of removing applications for Menards rebate checks, the rebate checks and Menards Big Game Money Cards from the mail between March of 2010 and January of 2011, when he was arrested at a Menards store.

If convicted, Nguyen faces a potential maximum penalty of five years in prison.

The case was developed after an investigation by the U.S. Postal Service-Office of Inspector General.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John Kokkinen is prosecuting the case.

Jeanne Cooney, director of community relations for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, said the case is still being developed and no further information was available to the public.

The defendant couldn’t be reached for comment. His federal public defender, Renaldo Aligada, didn’t return a phone call seeking comment.