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Postal Worker Arrested in San Mateo County for Stealing Mail

Romeo Natan, a San Bruno resident, allegedly stole thousands of pieces of mail from residents in San Mateo County.

SAN MATEO COUNTY, CA -- A U.S. Postal Service mail carrier accused of stealing thousands of pieces of mail to provide credit cards to friends has pleaded not guilty to several charges and is expected to return to court on Thursday, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

Romeo Maniulit Natan, 38, a San Bruno resident, pleaded not guilty on Friday to multiple counts of identity theft, possession of stolen property and second-degree burglary, according to the district attorney's office.

Natan allegedly stole thousands of pieces of mail from the area of Devonshire Avenue in San Carlos and passed out credit cards from the stolen mail to friends in the northern part of the county, prosecutors said.

At least three accomplices used the stolen credit cards to make purchases. After one was caught, he implicated Natan as the distributor of the cards.

Natan was also caught on surveillance video using stolen credit cards on two occasions at the Target store in Colma, prosecutors said.

Natan was arrested on Dec. 19 after Daly City police obtained a search warrant for his home and found more than 2,000 pieces of mail in a storage closet as well as more than 1,000 other pieces of mail in the trunk of his car, according to the district attorney's office.

Natan did not waive his right to a speedy preliminary hearing so will return to court Thursday for a status hearing and on Jan. 7 for the preliminary hearing, prosecutors said. He remains in custody in lieu of $150,000 bail.

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Rashell C Tolliver January 01, 2013 at 04:15 AM
I have read all your comments but I have a doozie, USPS postal employee's in Woodville, Ms have gone far beyond the issues that have been mentioned aboved. Our Postal employee's have somehow found a major flaw in the USPS' certified mail system. Postal employee's here have discovered that certified mail can be altered by postal employee's. Somehow the USPS' system enables employee's to enter any (date and location of delivery) without (ANY) certified mail having gone to that location. They have compromised the security and intergity of the US Postal system as a whole. The US Postal Inspector General , as well as the Postal Inspection's Hotline are well aware of this crime but refuses to act. Postal employee's used certified mail to aid a banker at Concordia Bank & Trust and a local attorney to supply false evidence of 'notice of foreclosure proceedings' to aid them in committing wrongful foreclosure. Postal employee's are using postal material and their positions with the US Postal Service to aid banks and attorney's in stealing homes and property. USPS have been notified and I have been given a criminal complaint number, but do they care that their employee's are committing major mail fraud? They can't!!! Thusfar, they have refused to act. You tell me how they can prosecute some for fraud and theft but but let other criminal acts commited within the ranks while on duty go unpunished?
Gene January 01, 2013 at 04:32 AM
THAT SOUNDS RIDICULOUS
Marvelous Michele January 04, 2013 at 08:18 PM
How do they have the time to do this? They should be very busy delivering mail. How does management work at the San Carlos Post Office is what I'd like to know. I hope this federal offense is prosecuted to full extent. Another reason to privitize.....
Gene January 06, 2013 at 01:07 AM
Privatize? Like UPS and Fed Ex? Did you ever compare prices? Did you ever compare ACTUAL percentage of lost items? Did you know that the Postal Service delivers packages that both of those companies take in because it is unprofitable for them to deliver it themselves. Michele, your brain needs to catch up with your typing or maybe you are a Fox Noise junkie that doesn't understand what government is actually good for.
Jim Court January 06, 2013 at 01:53 AM
It is true that Fed-Ex and UPS get to skim the most profitable portions of the business and charge very high prices for those not in prime areas. It does make sense but there are two equally valid arguments concerning rates to this type of location. I sound like a politician. Oh no !

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