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Postal worker accused of stealing 1,500 gift cards in Mahoning County jail

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A post office employee accused of stealing at least 1,500 gift cards from the mail worth at least $47,000 is in the Mahoning County jail.

Jennifer Riccardi, 46, of Cleveland is scheduled to appear before a federal judge on Tuesday who will consider a motion to revoke her bond.

Riccardi, who worked at the main mail processing center in Cleveland and her live-in companion 37-year-old Joseph Dennis, were indicted in December for a conspiracy in which she allegedly stole the gift cards.

The two face charges including conspiracy to commit theft of mail and possession of stolen mail, conspiracy to commit access device fraud, possession of stolen mail and access device fraud. Riccardi was also charged with theft of mail by a postal employee.

"This defendant is accused of stealing more than a thousand gift cards worth tens thousands of dollars, including birthday presents or other gifts people entrusted to the postal service for delivery to their family and loved ones,” according to U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman.

In one night alone, Riccardi is accused of stealing more than 100 greeting cards. Among the stolen mail that was opened was a card from a mother to her daughter signed "Love you! Mom" and a card from an uncle and aunt wishing a "Happy 1st Birthday."

Riccardi, who worked at the USPS Processing and Distribution Center in Cleveland is accused of stealing cards, letters and other pieces of mail she believed contained gift cards, focusing primarily on brightly covered envelopes that appeared to contain greeting cards.

Investigators say Riccardi concealed the mail she took from the mail stream in bags, her lunch box and other means. She transported the stolen mail to the residence she shared with Dennis during her mid-shift break or at the end of her shift, according to the indictment.

Authorities say the pair sold at least 41 stolen gift cards and used stolen gift cards for purchases from Amazon, Kohl's, Starbucks and other locations.

Dennis and Riccardi were said to have at their home at least 108 pieces of stolen mail, $42,000 in cash, an automatic currency counter and 1,505 stolen gifts cards from approximately 230 merchants or vendors. Of those, 1,322 of the gift cards bore face values, which totaled approximately $47,000.

The crimes allegedly took place between December 2016 and December 11, 2017.

Riccardi pleaded not guilty to the charges last month and was released on $25,000 bond.

She was arrested on Friday on a warrant seeking revocation of that bond.

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