Monday, February 10, 2014

State, Not Feds, Will Prosecute Idaho Postmaster for Grand Theft Charges

Posted By on Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 10:25 AM

An Idaho postmaster will face state prosecutors instead of federal prosecutors after allegedly filing a false report of robbery that police said was an attempt to cover up his own crimes.

Bradley Hunter, who served as U.S. Postmaster in the Oneida County community of Malad was arrested on theft and drug charges in early January. And on the following day, the Oneida County Sheriff's Office lodged an additional charge of grand theft after a pile of stolen U.S. mail was reportedly found in Hunter's home. In all, Hunter is charged with felony grand theft, possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, and driving without privileges.

But the Idaho State Journal reports that federal prosecutors have decided to allow state prosecutors to take the case against Hunter.

Meanwhile, another postmaster, this time in the Boise County community of Idaho City is also facing criminal charges. Teresa Belau, who served as postmaster for Idaho City since 1999, faces a grand theft charge after prosecutors said she stole a financial transaction car from someone's mail in late July 2013.

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