Minnesota Statutes Crimes; Expungement; Victims (Ch. 609-624) § 609.529. Mail theft

Subdivision 1. Definitions.  (a) As used in this section, the following terms have the meanings given them in this subdivision.

(b) “Mail” means a letter, postal card, package, bag, or other sealed article addressed to another.

(c) “Mail depository” means a mail box, letter box, or mail receptacle;  a post office or station of a post office;  a mail route;  or a postal service vehicle.

Subd. 2. Crime.  Whoever does any of the following is guilty of mail theft and may be sentenced as provided in subdivision 3:

(1) intentionally and without claim of right removes mail from a mail depository;

(2) intentionally and without claim of right takes mail from a mail carrier;

(3) obtains custody of mail by intentionally deceiving a mail carrier, or other person who rightfully possesses or controls the mail, with a false representation which is known to be false, made with intent to deceive and which does deceive a mail carrier or other person who possesses or controls the mail;

(4) intentionally and without claim of right removes the contents of mail addressed to another;

(5) intentionally and without claim of right takes mail, or the contents of mail, that has been left for collection on or near a mail depository;  or

(6) receives, possesses, transfers, buys, or conceals mail obtained by acts described in clauses (1) to (5), knowing or having reason to know the mail was obtained illegally.

Subd. 3. Penalties.  A person convicted under subdivision 2 may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than three years or to a payment of a fine of not more than $5,000, or both.

Subd. 4. Venue.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in section 627.01 , an offense committed under subdivision 2 may be prosecuted in:

(1) the county where the offense occurred;  or

(2) the county of residence or place of business of the direct victim or indirect victim.


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