This week’s plea hearing for the Fairport man accused of stealing mail while working as a Postal Service Carrier in Victor was postponed at the request of his lawyer until April 27th.
James Ludwig was reportedly discharged this week from a treatment center, where he was seeking treatment for an opioid addiction. On December 27th, the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General received information about mail thefts. Managers reported receiving multiple complaints of missing mail from a delivery route Ludwig had. The missing mail contained either cash or gift cards. During their investigation, Postal Agents conducted surveillance of Ludwig and placed a piece of outgoing mail in a mailbox along the route which contained two 25 dollars Wegmans store gift cards. Ludwig took the bait and would later redeem those same cards. Ludwig was also allegedly seen on camera snorting lines of a white powdery substance while in his postal delivery vehicle.
If convicted on a charge of mail theft, Ludwig could get a maximum of 5 years in Federal prison and be fine up to 250-thousand dollars.