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Metro-east USPS employees accused of stealing, withholding mail in separate cases

Two metro-east United States Postal Service employees have been charged in separate mail delivery cases stemming from last year.

Briana N. Burrage, 22, of Belleville, was charged with unlawful delay of the U.S. mail, according to the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

She is accused of not delivering "thousands" of pieces of mail as a carrier, instead placing them in large trash bags in her personal vehicle over several weeks around September 2017.

Amber J. Brawley, 36, of Godfrey, was charged with theft and embezzlement.

She is accused of taking mail from her work as a postal employe and "converted the contents of the mail for her own use," the news release said. The indictment said the crime occurred on or about Aug. 4, 2017, according to the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

Neither woman was in custody as of Thursday afternoon.

Mary Cooley: 618-239-2535, @MaryCooleyBND

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