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Local news Kansas City postal carrier is accused of stealing mail

  • The Kansas City Star
  • Published Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at 5:20 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at 9:26 a.m.

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Federal grand jurors indicted a Kansas City postal carrier Tuesday for allegedly stealing mail.

Shawn C. Henderson, 45, was accused of last year stealing electronic benefit transfer cards worth about $1,600 that were supposed to have provided food assistance to low-income people, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office.

The indictment said that from late April through early August, Henderson pilfered EBT cards from mail she was to have delivered, prosecutors said.

Such cards work much like debit cards and are used to purchase food by those participating in the government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the food stamp program.

Henderson also is said to have taken greeting cards and gift cards from the mail. Grand jurors accused Henderson of resetting the identification number on one card and stealing the card owner’s identity to use the card.

Henderson also purportedly gave some of the cards to another person.

The indictment charged Henderson with stealing government property, stealing mail and aggravated identity theft.

To reach Mark Morris, call 816-234-4310 or send email to mmorris@kcstar.com.

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