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Letter carrier gets probation for mail theft

A former West Seneca postal carrier who stole money from some of his mail was sentenced Monday to a year of probation.

Richard D’Arcy Jr., who also admitted dumping undelivered mail from his route, said the postal service was a dream job that he hoped to have until his retirement.

"I'm not sure what happened," he told U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. "Maybe the stress got to me."

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie P. Grisanti said D'Arcy's case was not about the amount of money stolen – about $43 – but about the "sanctity of the mail."

As part of a plea deal with prosecutors, D'Arcy, 38, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty to felony theft of mail by a postal employee.

His conviction is the result of an investigation by U.S. Postal Service's Office of Inspector General.

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