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Is opening other peoples' mail a crime?

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Answered 2014-06-10 21:16:59
  • It is a Federal crime and up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine to hide keep or open others peoples mail without permission if you are reported you will want to return the mail to the post office. This is true even if the person the mail is addressed to lives in the same household.
  • Even the person who delivers your mail and keeps any mail or ceases to deliver that mail and keeps it can lose their job, fine or put in prison. If an envelope is addressed to two people then either of those two people have the right to open that mail.
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