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Former U.S. mail carrier pleads guilty to stealing from mail

Nicole Crosson, 22, of Buffalo, a former U.S. Postal Services mail carrier, pleaded guilty Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer to opening mail without lawful authority. U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said she faces a maximum prison term of one year and a fine of up to $100,000 when she is sentenced Sept. 27. Between this past Jan. 1 and April 15 she admitted removing cash and gift cards totalling $1,729.21 from a number of mail items she handled before Eden police and U.S. Postal Service agents arrested her.