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Former US Postal Service Employee from Rahway Pleads Guilty to Accepting Bribes to Deliver Narcotics Packages

Credits: U.S. Attorney's Office, NJ

RAHWAY, NJ - Leonard Gresham, a 50-year-old Rahway resident, pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday to intercepting and delivering packages containing illegal narcotics in exchange for cash bribes, it was announced by U.S. Attorney Craig Carpentino.

Gresham pleaded guilty U.S. District Judge Esther D. Salas in Newark federal court, where he was charged with one count of accepting bribes. He was released on $50,000 unsecured bond.

The bribery charge is punishable by a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense. Sentencing is scheduled for May 30, 2018.

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Court documents indicated that Gresham received a total of $14,900 in cash payments in exchange for delivering parcels containing illegal narcotics.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court: Gresham was a mail carrier at the USPS Springfield Station in Newark. From October 2014 through September 2017, Gresham accepted cash bribes from two individuals who were receiving parcels containing illegal narcotics through the mail.

While on duty, Gresham intercepted these parcels and personally delivered them to various locations in Newark other than to the recipient address noted on the parcels. Gresham received payments of between $50 and $200 from the individuals for each delivery.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents with the USPS Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Eileen Neff, Northeast Area Field Office, and inspectors of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Acting Inspector in Charge Ruth M. Mendonca, with the investigation leading to the guilty plea.

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Information on Parking and Traffic for Saturday's 'March for Our Lives' Event

March 23, 2018

UNION, NJ – It is anticipated that several hundred people or more will participate in the Union County March for Our Lives event on Saturday morning in Union.

Students, teachers, parents, clergy and public officials from all over Union County will be walking from Burnet Middle School to Town Hall in an anti-gun violence march.

Parking will be available in the following ...

'Trying' explores age, youth and points of history in poignant production

‘Trying’ explores youth, age and points of history in poignant production

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The George Street Playhouse presents an engrossing, two-character play based on the real life of Francis Biddle, former Attorney General.

Biddle, a Harvard educated lawyer, served under Franklin Roosevelt and later Harry Truman during the Nuremberg Tribunal. His ...

Second Annual Women's Leadership Forum Sunday March 25 at Springfield's Chisholm Community Center

March 23, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The second annual Women's Leadership Forum will be held at Springfield's Chisholm Community Center Sunday March 25 at 2:00 p.m.


The Forum is sponsored by the Union County Democratic Party, the Springfield Democratic Party and Ready to Run which "...is a non-partisan network of campaign training programs."


This year's program ...

Visit Union County’s Green Online Shop and Celebrate Earth Day with a New Compost Bin or Rain Barrel

March 23, 2018

Union County gardeners looking for a good Earth Day project can visit the new Union County Means Green online shop now and order a new compost bin or rain barrel at 50% off the retail price.

“Composting food scraps and harvesting rainwater are two effective ways to improve soil health and conserve water,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “Offering these compost bins ...