A former postal worker admitted Friday that she stole mail and the money inside those envelopes at a Linthicum postal facility, victimizing more than 250 people, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Baltimore.
Dorothy Jean Gibson, 56, of Windsor Mill, who worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 13 years, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to theft of mail by a postal employee, officials said.
When sentenced Jan. 11, Gibson could receive a maximum sentence of five years in prison plus three years of supervised release, according to the U.S. attorney's office. Under the terms of the plea agreement, she agreed to pay the full amount of the victims' losses. That amount has not yet been determined but could approach $30,000, officials said.
Officials said Gibson abused her position of public trust. Acting on complaints that greeting cards and their enclosed gifts did not reach the intended recipients, investigators found this spring that a stack of opened greeting cards were processed on a machine Gibson used, officials said.
During April and early May, she was captured on videotape three times at her machine, ripping into greeting cards and stealing mail, cash and gift cards, officials said.
Postal Service investigators confronted Gibson after the third video, and recovered stolen mail from her purse, officials said. They also searched her home and car and found more stolen mail, they said. A total of 71 pieces of mail along with 50 gift cards and personal checks were recovered, according to the U.S. attorney's office.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun