A Brooksville woman will serve five years probation and pay restitution of more than $950 for stealing currency-containing mail along her U.S. Postal route in Crystal River.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the Middle District of Florida, in October 2021, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) received complaints that mail had been stolen from the Crystal River Post Office route of 20-year-old Aleia Deborah Green of Brooksville.
Later that month, USPS OIG special agents put a cluster mailbox in a neighborhood along Green’s route under surveillance, and placed a piece of mail containing currency in with the outgoing mail.
Within an hour-and-half Green had opened the mail and taken the money, the USAO said.
Green subsequently admitted to taking the money. She also told agents that she had opened approximately 100 pieces of mail along her route since August 2021.
Green was indicted for possessing stolen mail in February. She pleaded guilty to the charges against her in June.
On Aug. 26, Senior U.S. District Judge John Antoon II sentenced her to serve the maximum probation term of five years.
She was also ordered to pay full restitution of $956.53 to the 23 victims of the mail theft offense.