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Gruce found guilty of mail tampering in Pondera County

Posted at 3:03 PM, Aug 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-24 17:03:18-04

GREAT FALLS – A federal jury reached a guilty verdict for the Pondera County woman charged with tampering with residents’ mail.

Last week, Kayla Gruce was found guilty of theft of mail by officer or employee and destruction of mail.

Gruce was working for the United States Postal Service at the time of the incident.

According to court documents, the incidents in question took place between June of 2017 and September of 2017.

Gruce’s sentencing has been set for November.

Reporting by Margaret DeMarco for MTN News

(April 5, 2018) Kayla Gruce, a former U.S. Postal Service employee in Pondera County, has been charged in federal court with two felonies.

KRTV has confirmed that Gruce was a USPS employee, but no longer works for the agency.

Court documents allege that starting in June 2017 and continuing until about September 26, 2017, Gruce did “knowingly steal, abstract, and remove from any letter, postal card, package, bag, and mail, which came into her possession and intended to be conveyed by mail, any article or thing contained therein.

Court documents also allege that during that time, Gruce “did knowingly and unlawfully destroy letters and post cards entrusted to her and which came into her possession, and were intended to be conveyed by mail.”

Gruce is charged with theft of mail by officer or employee, and destruction of mail, both of which are federal felonies.