Greenpoint mailman pleads not guilty to stealing packages and $10K worth of stamps

Mailman preferred pet stamps

October 10, 2017 By Paul Frangipane Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Bagner Cardoso outside Brooklyn’s federal court after he was arraigned on mail theft and misappropriation of mail charges. Eagle photo by Paul Frangipane
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A Greenpoint postal worker pleaded not guilty at Brooklyn’s federal court on Tuesday to stealing packages for two years, including nearly $10,000 worth of “Pets Forever” stamp booklets.

Bagner Cardoso previously told the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the United States Postal Service (USPS) that he had been stealing packages about every other day for the last two years, according to a criminal complaint.

He arrived at court in a pair of blue jeans, a gray T-shirt and his hair up in a bun to be arraigned before Magistrate Judge Peggy Kuo.

Employees at the Greenpoint Post Office at 66 Meserole Ave. allegedly saw Cardoso coming into work on his day off on Aug. 24 and taking two packages into the men’s locker room. One empty package was then found in a locker room garbage can and another was returned to its shelf, according to the complaint.

Cardoso was caught six days later when employees allegedly saw him with packages in his backpack.

When interviewed by OIG, Cardoso said he stole about 10 computers in August and $9,870 worth of “Pets [Forever]” stamp booklets, which feature visuals of cats, dogs, fish and other animals.

Upon a search of Cardoso’s vehicle and apartment, OIG found a laptop, an empty package and stamps, along with the nearly $10,000 invoice for more.

Cardoso is still employed with USPS but does not have access to the mail, acccording to an OIG spokesman. 

He is out on $75,000 bond to return to court on Nov. 10.

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