(STL.News) – Justus Rex Elliott, 26, of Yukon, has pleaded guilty to accepting a bribe as a public official, announced U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Downing.
According to a one-count information filed on December 4, 2019, Elliott accepted bribes while acting as a U.S. Mail Carrier. In particular, he diverted packages he knew to contain controlled substances from the address specified on the packages to other individuals in exchange for money and controlled substances.
Elliott pleaded guilty on January 6, 2020, before U.S. District Judge Patrick Wyrick. He admitted that he worked as a mail carrier in Moore, Oklahoma, and he diverted packages primarily containing marijuana and marijuana vape pens sent from California. According to a plea agreement, the amount involved in the bribes does not exceed $15,000.
At sentencing, Elliott faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of up to three years of supervised release. Sentencing will take place in approximately 90 days.
This case is a result of an investigation by the United States’ Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Moore Police Department, and the Oklahoma City Police Department.