Whoever, being a Postal Service officer or employee, takes or steals any newspaper or package of newspapers from any post office or from any person having custody thereof, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.
Based on title 18, U.S.C., 1940 ed., § 319 (Mar. 4, 1909, ch. 321, § 196,35 Stat. 1126).
Theft provisions alone are retained in this section. Those relating to other offenses were incorporated in section
1703 of this title.
Words “mail or” following “steals any” were omitted as covered by section
1709 of this title.
Changes were made in phraseology.
1994—Pub. L. 103–322substituted “fined under this title” for “fined not more than $100”.
1970—Pub. L. 91–375substituted “Postal Service officer or employee” for “postmaster or Postal Service employee”.
Effective Date of 1970 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 91–375effective within 1 year after Aug. 12, 1970, on date established therefor by Board of Governors of United States Postal Service and published by it in Federal Register, see section 15(a) ofPub. L. 91–375, set out as an Effective Date note preceding section
101 of Title
39, Postal Service.
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