A federal judge in Houston has ordered a year and a-half in prison for a now-former postal clerk in a DVD-by-mail theft investigation. Authorities accused 53-year-old Anthony Zuniga of Houston of swiping thousands of movies from the mail system.
Zuniga was convicted of two counts of mail theft by a postal employee. He also was sentenced Monday to three years probation and must pay a $4,000 fine
Last year Netflix told the U.S. Postal Service about an unusually high number of DVDs missing from one certain post office box. Later they got him on film stealing 122 dvds.
They watched Zuniga dumping a tub of Netflix and Blockbuster DVDs into a plastic bag and then leaving the building. His car was stopped as it was exiting the parking lot and inspectors found the bag full of DVDs.
He then consented to a search of his home. Inside, they found 8,177 stolen pieces of mail, including 5,937 Netflix DVDs and 1,497 Blockbuster DVDs.