Former US Postal Service employee convicted of stealing gift cards from the mail | USAO-MT

MISSOULA — A former U.S. Postal Service employee who admitted to stealing gift cards through the mail was today sentenced to two years probation and ordered to pay $440 restitution, U.S. Attorney Leif M said. .Johnson.

Lassana Diaby, 54, pleaded guilty in January to an indictment charging her with theft of mail by an officer or employee, a felony.

U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen presided. Judge Christensen followed the recommendations of a plea agreement and imposed a probationary sentence.

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. 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 prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Office of the Inspector General of the United States Postal Service.

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