Postal Worker Admits Stealing Netflix Movies27 May, 2010 By: Erik Gruenwedel
A former postal employee has pleaded guilty to stealing Netflix movies while on duty.
Houston-based Rudolph Luna Jr. pleaded guilty to the federal felony charge May 25 in U.S. District Court, admitting to stealing Netflix movies, which came into his possession while a postal employee, according to the postal service.
Luna was indicted March 17, and charged with one count of theft of mail following an investigation after Netflix security advised the postal service that about 114 movies were not delivered in a select area code.
Luna came to the attention of the inspectors after agents saw him take several Netflix movies from the delivery bins of other routes and place them into his delivery bin. A USPS inspector later prepared multiple Netflix movies to be collected and returned along Luna’s route.
After watching Luna move several movies into his personal backpack, inspectors detained Luna and found one of the special Netflix envelopes in his backpack.
Following his Jan. 26, 2009, arrest, Luna confessed his thefts to USPS inspectors. Luna admitted stealing Netflix movies over a period of several moths.
Luna, who is free on bond since his arrest, will be sentenced Nov. 15, facing a maximum punishment of five years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.
Separately, apparently not only Netflix movies are in demand, as shares of the Los Gatos, Calif.-based service May 27 closed up $4.06 to close at $108.86 per share. The stock is up 35% since the launch of the Apple iPad April 2.