St. Petersburg Postal Worker Accused of Stealing Mail, passport Applications
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says she opened first-class mail and photographed personal identifying and bank account information then forwarded the photographs to co-conspirators for use in a bank fraud scheme.
TAMPA – A Ruskin woman has been indicted in federal court in connection with a scheme to steal peoples’ identities, according to U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez.
Jasmine Wynne, 30, of Ruskin, was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, five counts of aggravated identity theft, and one count of theft of a postal key. Wynne faces up to 30 years in federal prison for the conspiracy count, up to two years’ imprisonment for each identity theft count, and up to 10 years’ imprisonment for theft of a postal key. The indictment also notifies Wynne that the U.S. intends to seize assets used in the offense.
According to the indictment, Wynne, a postal clerk with the U.S. Postal Service who was working at the St. Petersburg retail post office location, conspired with others to defraud federally insured financial institutions. Wynne used her status and the special access she had as an USPS employee to open first-class mail and to photograph personal identifying information and bank account information.
Wynne then forwarded the photographs to co-conspirators for use in a bank fraud scheme. The indictment further alleges that Wynne also photographed U.S. passport applications that were processed at her post office location to gain applicants’ PII and bank account information. She then forwarded that information to co-conspirators.
In addition, the indictment charges Wynne with using her position as a USPS employee to access and steal restricted postal arrow keys – special master keys that open USPS collection boxes, banks of mailboxes at apartment complexes, and any other mailbox keyed with an arrow lock. Wynne then provided the postal arrow keys to co-conspirators for use in the conspiracy.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has violated one or more of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
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