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Suspended Victor letter carrier pleads guilty to stealing holiday mail

A Fairport man will be sentenced in August after pleading guilty Friday in federal court to a single count of theft of mail by a postal employee.

James J. Ludwig, 45, admitted stealing cash and gift cards from pieces of mail he picked up or was to deliver along his assigned route in Victor during the holiday season, from sometime in November 2017 until his arrest Jan. 12.

Ludwig is represented by Assistant Federal Public Defender Anne Burger, who told U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth Wolford that Ludwig spent about a month at Norris Addiction Treatment Center for treatment of an opioid addiction and was scheduled to enter a halfway house.

Ludwig revealed a number of medications he was taking for various health issues, but said none affected his ability to understand the court proceeding. Among the medications was something to treat chronic back pain that he said he has had for about 15 years.

“Is that why you started taking opioids?” asked Wolford.

“Yes,” Ludwig replied.

Under a preliminary plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York, Ludwig is to be sentenced to four to 10 months in prison, providing he follows the terms of a conditional release.

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