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Suspended Victor mail carrier’s plea hearing postponed

A plea hearing for a Fairport man accused of stealing gift cards and cash from holiday mail while working as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Victor was postponed Wednesday at the request of his attorney.

Federal Public Defender Anne Burger told U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth Wolford that her client, James Ludwig, 45, had just been discharged Tuesday from Norris Addiction Treatment, where he had been dealing with an opioid addiction.

Burger said she did not feel comfortable proceeding with the plea hearing as Ludwig was taking anxiety medication and earlier that day had received a monthly injection of Vivitrol, a drug used to manage opioid dependence.

Ludwig was charged in a criminal complaint Jan. 11 with theft of mail by a postal employee. He is accused of stealing gift cards — particularly Wegmans gift cards — and cash from mail he was entrusted to deliver during the Christmas holiday season.

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