Three U.S. Postal Service workers in New York were accused of stealing gifts intended to reach underprivileged children as part of the Operation Santa program, The New York Times and Associated Press report.
The two men and one woman, who worked at the Operation Santa Headquarters in Manhattan, have been accused of conspiracy and mail fraud. The complaint against them alleges they received electronics, clothing, and other items by writing fake letters and substituting their own address for those of underprivileged children for presents to be delivered.
Operation Santa began in 1912. When letters to Santa arrive at the post office, some are placed where the public can see them, without the children's identities or addresses. When a donor brings a gift to the post office in response to a letter, workers mail it to the child.