Former postal worker sentenced to nearly five years for stealing 1,500 gift cards
A post office employee has been sentenced to nearly five years in jail for mail theft and access device fraud.
According to the release, 46-year-old Jennifer Riccardi, a former U.S. Postal Service, had a role in a scheme to steal from U.S. mail and commit access device fraud.
Riccardi was sentenced to 56 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release and $89,102 in restitution.
Riccardi had previously been held in the Mahoning County Jail after being arrested on a warrant.
Her co-defendant and live-in boyfriend, Joseph Dennis, pleaded guilty for his role in the crime.
The release says Riccardi stole more than 100 greeting cards in a night. One card was from a mother to her daughter that read "Love you! Mom," and another card was from an aunt and uncle wishing a happy birthday 1st birthday.
The indictment says that Riccardi stole cards, letters, and other mail that she believed contained gift cards.
Reports say she concealed the mail in bags and her lunch box and took them to her home during breaks or at the end of her shift.
Dennis and Riccardi sold at least 41 stolen gift cards and used others on purchases from Amazon, Starbucks, and other stores.
According to the indictment, Dennis and Riccardi had at least 108 pieces of stolen mail and roughly $42,000 in cash. They also had over $45,000 of gift cards.
The incidents occurred between December 2016 and December 2017.