NBC10- Daralene Jones
A Delaware County postal worker is under arrest for allegedly stealing the mail he was supposed to deliver. NBC10's Daralene Jones reports that the man has been in financial trouble for years.
A postal worker has been arrested after allegedly stealing cash and coupons from residents' mail.
Upper Darby police say John Paschal Iacono, 56, was arrested after the United States Postal Service became suspicious after receiving complaints and conducted a sting operation. Officials say Iacono had worked out of the Clifton Heights Post Office for several years.
The Delaware County Daily Times reports authorities say a special agent deposed two sealed envelopes containing money and surveillance devices in an outgoing mail box. Investigators say Iacono opened one of the letters and that agents approached and identified the $200 in marked bills.
Upper Darby police superintendent Michael Chitwood told the paper that the investigation began after various complaints against Iacono.
“The men and women working for the USPS, by and large, are honest, hard-working, ethical people doing their job delivering mail,” Chitwood said. “Every once in a while someone works there who is a thief. He had a pretty good scam going.”
NBC10's Daralene Jones dug up property tax records and found that Iacono and his wife were late paying the taxes on their Clifton Heights home in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Tax officials say the couple still owed $7,000 on last year's bill.
Iacono is charged with theft and other counts. He didn't comment when reached at his home Friday; a message left for his attorney wasn't immediately returned.