Former Schofield postal carrier sentenced for mail theft
MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Lisa Virginia A. Barker, 48, Gleason, Wis., was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Lynn S. Adelman to one year probation, a $125 fine and $80 restitution for a felony conviction of theft of mail by a postal employee. Barker pleaded guilty to this charge before Judge Adelman on October 3, 2013.
Barker was employed as a rural mail carrier at the U.S. Post Office in Schofield, Wis. until May 2011. In late 2010 and early 2011, after customer complaints of missing mail, the Post Office Inspector General conducted an investigation that determined that Barker stole items from the mail that had been entrusted to her for delivery.
Barker admitted that she intercepted and stole a Target gift card that had been placed in the mail by the Inspector General’s Office, and later used that card to make purchases at a Target store. When confronted about the theft of the gift card from the test mail, Barker admitted that she had opened mail and taken items from the mail on approximately five or six occasions.
The charge against Barker was the result of an investigation conducted by the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Anderson.
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