MADISON, WIS. -- A federal grand jury in the Western District of Wisconsin, sitting in Madison, returned the following indictment today.  You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes.  If convicted, the sentencing of a defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. 

Seara Closs, 30, Ladysmith, Wis., is charged with delaying mail entrusted to her which was intended to be delivered by the U.S. Postal Service.  The indictment alleges that Closs, while an employee of the U.S. Postal Service, delayed mail in August 2017.

If convicted, Closs faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison.  The charge against her is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General.  The prosecution of this case is being handled by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Chadwick Elgersma. 

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