HOUSTON – A 24-year-old Richmond resident has surrendered to federal authorities following the return of an indictment alleging she delayed and/or destroyed U.S. mail, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan Patrick.
A Houston federal grand jury returned the indictment Sept. 15 against Lovely Eliabe which was unsealed today. She is expected to make an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Christina Bryan at 2 p.m.
Eliabe was allegedly employed as a rural carrier associate at the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).
The indictment alleges she destroyed and delayed mail matter intended to be delivered through the USPS on June 26. As a USPS employee, Eliabe allegedly violated her obligation to deliver all of the mail matter entrusted to her.
She is no longer a USPS employee.
If convicted, she faces up to five years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine.
USPS – Office of Inspector General conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Luis Batarse is prosecuting the case.
An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence. A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.