decoy letter


decoy letter
An imitation of a genuine letter, usually marked and directed to a fictitious person, placed in the mails by postal inspectors or officers of the Department of Justice for the purpose of detecting a post office employee who is suspected of appropriating letters or their contents; or a letter sent through the mails by such officers to a person suspected of sending prohibited matter through the mails, for the purpose of detecting him in such violation of the law. Montgomery v United States, 162 US 410, 40 L Ed 1020, 16 S Ct 797; Goode v United States, 159 US 663, 40 L Ed 297, 16 S Ct 136.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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