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Stealing mail is a federal felony and punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. There is also a statute of limitations for prosecution in federal court for such criminal acts and it is 5 years from date of the criminal offense for theft of mail or forgery of the check. Under the federal law, there are mandatory sentencing guidelines, so for a federal felony she will do some jail time, most likely as a first offender the minimum jail time she will receive is 18 months upon conviction.
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