A federal grand jury in Denver has handed down an indictment charging a contract U.S. Postal Service mail carrier with stealing thousands of Netflix and Blockbuster DVDs from the mail.
The indictment charges Karen Durante of Loveland, Colorado, with four counts of stealing Netflix DVDs from the mail.
The indictment also charged Durante with a fifth count of possessing more than 1,200 Netflix and Blockbuster DVDs that prosecutors say had been stolen from the mail. Prosecutors say that all the DVDs were taken from the Lyons, Colorado, area.
If an individual watched 10 movies a month, it would take the person 10 years to watch 1200 DVDs.
Netflix and Blockbuster offer subscription services that allow users to receive DVDs through the mail. The most-popular Netflix plan allows users to have 3 movies out at a time for as long as they want. Once they return one of the DVDs, the company sends out the next movie in their queue.
The penalty for theft of mail is up to 5 years in federal prison, and/or a $250,000 per count, according to the Justice Department. The penalty for possession of stolen mail is up to 5 years in federal prison, and/or a $250,000 fine.
Source: Justice Department