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A former postal carrier was sentenced in federal court July 2 for stealing mail from dozens of residents and for possessing methamphetamine to distribute.

Brandy Manning, 40, of Liberty, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to six years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Manning to pay $3,993 in restitution, according to a press release.

Manning, who was employed as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service from June 9, 2007, to June 5, 2017, pleaded guilty Jan. 17, 2019, to one count of mail theft by a postal employee and one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, according to court documents.

Manning admitted that she stole driver’s licenses mailed to customers on her route as well as credit cards, debit cards, rebate cards, checks and other mail. Manning also admitted that she used the stolen identifications, cards and checks to unlawfully purchase items and to create counterfeit checks, stated a U.S. Western District Court of Missouri release.

Manning was arrested by Kansas City police officers Feb. 21, 2017. Police recovered from her personal truck: 14 driver’s licenses, 15 credit/debit cards, 15 gift cards, 12 personal or business checks, a counterfeit check bearing information matching a stolen check and driver’s license, four receipts related to fraudulent uses of stolen cards, a Missouri Bar card belonging to another person, a health insurance card issued to another person, a physician certificate and a vehicle registration renewal receipt. In all, there were items from 45 other people. Manning also possessed an oxycodone tablet, for which she had no prescription.

When interviewed after this arrest, Manning admitted to police that she used methamphetamine, cocaine, opiates, “just about everything.” Manning did not return to work at the U.S. Postal Service after her arrest. She was separated from employment on June 5, 2017.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service and U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General sent questionnaires to all the identifiable victims and everyone on Manning’s postal route. The agencies received a total of 54 victim impact responses.

Manning was again arrested on May 3, 2017, by a Cass County sheriff’s deputy after Manning left the scene of an accident in which she rear-ended a stopped vehicle. Deputies searched her truck and found a loaded Smith & Wesson .40-caliber handgun, a second, loaded firearm magazine, a box of 100 rounds of .40-caliber ammunition, .56 grams of cocaine; 1.83 grams of marijuana, 26.229 grams of pure methamphetamine, 414 Alprazolam pills, drug paraphernalia, $1,593, three cellphones, three debit cards issued to other people and unopened mail addressed to another person, according to the western district court release.

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