A U. S. postal worker admitted she stole greeting cards for the cash and cheques.
They ruined birthdays, weddings and holidays for thousands of Wisconsin residents.
A U. S. postal worker admitted she stole more than 6,000 greeting cards filled with money and checks while delivering the mail in Wauwatosa. Ebony Lavonne Smith, 20, pleaded guilty last week to theft or receipt of stolen mail, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
The authorities began investigating Smith after the residents in Wauwatosa reported in the summer of 2017 they were not receiving graduation, wedding, anniversary and sympathy cards.
On Jan. 25, a test greeting card with $20 and a transmitter that is signaled when the envelope was opened was sent to a Wauwatosa address, court documents stated. The card is placed under the Smith’s route.
During her shift, a USPS supervisor looked at Smith, sifting through mail, load and delete of a number of greeting cards. Smith activated the transmitter when she opened the map of the test while standing outside her car, the report stated.
Post agents approached Smith and took the $20 in the map of the test was missing, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Together with the money, authorities found 31 greeting card in Smith’s vehicle. The other 23 cards and a Starbucks gift card were found in her USP’s of the vehicle.
Smith returned the $20 and later admitted to stealing the cards so that they could make use of the cash found in them to pay the bills and care for her four children. They said that they would steal cards one to two days per week, over the obtain of $50 to $100. They would allegedly re a number of the envelopes.
In July, a car registered to Smith was established in an auto salvage yard with 6,625 greeting card envelopes, and 540 personal checks, dated between March 2017 and January 2018. Still 45 cards in unopened packaging.
It is unclear whether the residents were reimbursed for the stolen money or received the cards after Smith was caught.
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