This week, it was announced that 37-year-old Yvonne Wilson of Kenner, Louisiana had been sentenced after pleading guilty to embezzlement of mail matter by a postal service employee. The defendant was sentenced to three years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,402.99. Court documents show that the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General received information about complaints of theft of mail. After an investigation, it was discovered that Yvonne Wilson was the postal service employee who might have been involved in the thefts.
The defendant was the United States Postal Service City Carrier Assistant during the relevant time. On July 14, 2016, a USPS-OIG agent prepared two decoy letters. One was a first-class letter containing cash in the amount of $115 and another letter contained $100. The letters were placed in the mail stream at the Metairie Main Post Office. Both letters were handled and delivered by Wilson. It was later determined that Wilson had opened the decoy letters.
When they approached Wilson, they found that she had a Wal-Mart bag in her postal vehicle that contained both decoy letters. They were both opened. Wilson admitted that she had opened the letters and took the cash. She placed the $215 in her wallet. Further details have been made available here.