Former Janesville Postal Carrier Sentenced For Mail Theft
Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Kristy Hollibush, 43, of Janesville, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Lynn S. Adelman to two years’ probation and $1,225 in restitution for theft of mail by a postal employee. Hollibush pleaded guilty to this charge on November 13, 2013.
Hollibush had been employed as a rural letter carrier with the U.S. Post Office in Janesville since 1999. From late 2011 through September 2012, Hollibush took items from the mail that had been entrusted to her for delivery. In total, 41 postal customers reported mail tampered with or missing altogether. Twenty of the victims reported the loss of monies totaling $1,225. Hollibush was terminated from employment with U.S. Postal Service in September 2012 when investigators uncovered evidence of her theft.
At the sentencing hearing, one of the many victims of Hollibush’s mail theft addressed the court in order to explain the truly personal impact the mail theft had upon her. Nancy Schulz, of Janesville, lost her only daughter in September 2012. Schulz explained that many of the letters of condolence or sympathy cards that arrived at her home had been opened and resealed, and some cards or letters intended for her that were intercepted by Hollibush were never received at all. Schulz told Judge Adelman that for her, the real harm was not the loss of any money in the letters or cards, but the loss of not having received some of the kind words from friends or relatives, or reflections on her daughter intended to console her at a time of her loss.
It is the policy of the U.S. Attorney’s Office to not publicize the names of individual victims of crime. However, Schulz asked that her name be used in this release, because she was unable to acknowledge or thank all those persons who sent cards because they had been intercepted by Hollibush.
The charge against Hollibush was the result of an investigation conducted by U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Anderson.