Former US Postal Service employee admits stealing gift cards in the mail | USAO-MT

MISSOULA — A Missoula man today admitted a charge accusing him of stealing and cashing in gift cards from a birthday card while working for the U.S. Postal Service, the U.S. attorney said Leif M. Johnson.

Lassana Diaby, 40, pleaded guilty to an indictment accusing her of theft of mail by an officer or employee. Diaby faces a maximum of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of probation.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Johnston presided. Sentencing was set for June 1 before U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen. The court will determine any sentence after considering US sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. Diaby was released pending further prosecution.

In court documents, the government alleged that on March 26, 2021, a U.S. Postal Service customer reported items stolen from a birthday card that was sent to his locked mailbox in Missoula. The sender confirmed that she sent the card on March 20, 2021 from Whitefish and that it contained a $200 gift card to Costco, two $100 gift cards to Amazon, and $40 cash. An investigation determined that Diaby presented her Costco membership card and gift card to make a purchase at Costco in Missoula and presented her receipt to a Costco employee at the exit. At the time, Diaby worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a mail processing clerk and worked night shifts from March 20 to 23, including working several hours in the manual letter sorting section.

Assistant United States Attorney Karla E. Painter is prosecuting the case, which has been investigated by the Office of the Inspector General of the United States Postal Service.

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Michael N. Clark