Another Postal Worker Accused of Stealing Netflix Discs6 Oct, 2011 By: Erik Gruenwedel
A Kansas City mail carrier for the United States Postal Service has been charged with stealing Netflix rental discs and gift cards earmarked for delivery.
Felipe Lara was charged with allegedly stealing 120 Netflix movie discs and $215 in gift cards he was supposed to deliver to residents in five area zip codes, according to The Kansas City Star.
Lara, who no longer works for the USPS, drew suspicion after Netflix notified the USPS that an unusual number of rental discs had gone missing in the area. When federal agents searched Lara’s residence they found 80 opened envelopes addressed to area residents and two trash bags filled with 400 pieces of unopened mail.
Lara is just the most recent USPS employee apparently enamored by Netflix (er, Qwikster) rental discs.
In 2006, a Loveland, Colo., postal worker was sentenced to five months probation after being convicted of stealing more than 1,200 Netflix and Blockbuster By Mail movie discs. In 2009, an Evansville, Ind., mail carrier was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to pay more than $5,000 in restitution after stealing more than 400 Netflix movies during the course of a year.
Netflix, which is the USPS’ largest individual corporate client, spends upwards of $500 million annually in first-class postage and other fees for disc mailers.