PORTLAND, Ore. - A postal carrier from Tigard who worked in Portland received three years' probation after pleading guilty Wednesday to stealing mail. Some of the mail thefts included birthday money for children.
Bruce Menzies, 54, must also pay a $2,500 fine and $300 in restitution. Menzies admitted he used the money to buy alcohol. He underwent alcohol treatment.
The U.S. Postal Service was tipped off about the case last year. A Portland woman said her grandmother sent birthday cards containing money to her two young children. The cards were torn open and the money was missing.
Menzies was arrested in March.
“The majority of U.S. Postal Service employees are dedicated public servants who take great pride in ensuring the sanctity and security of U.S. Mail”, Postal Service Office of Inspector General Special Agent in Charge Pete Gately said.
“Unfortunately, Bruce Menzies betrayed the trust placed in him by the Postal Service and the public he was sworn to serve. His actions resulted in deserved consequences for such behavior. Wednesday’s sentencing of Mr. Menzies demonstrates the ongoing commitment of the USPS OIG and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to vigorously investigate and prosecute these types of violations of the law, as we did in this case. The public can remain confident that the USPS OIG will continue to ensure the security of their mail.”
Menzies resigned after a 23-year career with the Postal Service.