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Our prior office manager signed for a letter at the PO from

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Our prior office manager signed for a letter at the PO from the IRS advising of a lien hearing and apparently disposed of it. Would this be considered mail theft? Had she given the letter to us, owners of the company, we would have learned of her embezzlement and failure to pay company taxes. Obviously we didn't attend the hearing and only learned of the IRS tax lien recently. They actually have the signature card on file confirming she signed for it.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 1 year ago.


Thank you for the information and your question. What you described would only be a criminal mail theft if the office manager did not have, as their duties, the right to sign for mail and packages on behalf of the Company. If they did routinely sign for theses types of items as a part of their job, then there wouldn't be a separate criminal charge of mail theft. Of course, there is still the embezzlement or theft charges that might be prosecutable. All that said, she could be sued under tort law for the embezzlement and the theft of the letter. That would be in civil court though.

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Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 1 year ago.

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