Postal worker who opened more than 250 customers’ mail gets probation

A mail carrier in Rock County who admitted she opened customers’ mail and took goods was sentenced to probation, according to a news release.

Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin Jeffrey Anderson said 39-year-old Tamara Donald, of Loves Park, Illinois, was sentenced Thursday in federal court to two years of probation for theft of mail.

According to the release, Donald was formerly a postal support employee at the U.S. Post Office in Beloit, Wisconsin. She pleaded guilty to the theft charge on Aug. 3.

Anderson’s office said Donald told federal investigators in an interview that she stole and later redeemed Menards gift cards that she took from the mail while working as a postal employee.

Following the interview, federal investigators searched Donald’s car and found opened and unopened letters, as well as gift cards, gift card packaging, non-endorsed personal checks and money orders that appeared to have been removed from mail items.

The federal investigation revealed that over 250 postal customers were affected by Donald’s crimes, the release said.

Donald was also ordered to pay $117.87 to the victims in the case.