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Buffalo mail carrier pleads guilty to stealing mail

A 48-year-old Buffalo mailman pleaded guilty to mail theft Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford in Buffalo.

Michael Lamacchia, a carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, took a letter containing New York State safety inspection certificate stickers and used the stickers on vehicles owned by him or his family to avoid having the vehicles inspected or required to pass inspection, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross.

Lamacchia faces a prison term of up to five years and a $5,000 fine when he is sentenced Oct. 7, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. said.

The investigation was conducted by special agents of the Postal Service, Office of the Inspector General, under the direction of Monica Weyler.