A former US Postal Service employee, who admitted to stealing nearly $ 5,000 in stimulus checks and $ 21,000 through debit card transactions, was sentenced to three months in prison on Thursday.
Judge Denise J. Casper sentenced 40-year-old Angela Gomez de Lynn to three months in prison and three years on probation. Gomez pleaded guilty to theft of mail by an employee in May and agreed to pay $ 21,387 in restitution to the victims.
The convictions stem from an investigation that began in February 2020 when reports of missing mail surfaced in Lynn, authorities said.
A resident reported that an expected Lilly Pulitzer gift card never arrived in the mail, authorities said. An investigation revealed that Gomez managed the route of the particular person. Records showed the gift card was used in January 2020 for purchases delivered to Gomez’s home, authorities said. The corresponding email also belonged to Gomez, authorities said.
Subsequent surveillance revealed that Gomez had searched and stolen mail on 21 occasions, authorities said, including four U.S. stimulus checks, for a total of $ 4,800.
The thefts also led Gomez to compromise three separate Eastern Bank accounts. Authorities said security camera footage showed Gomez making purchases with stolen debit cards at Walmart and Target as well as ATM withdrawals. A total of $ 16,587 was stolen from the three Eastern Bank accounts.
Including debit transactions and stimulus checks, Gomez stole $ 21,387.
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