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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Former U.S. Postal Employee Sentenced for Stealing from Greeting Cards

Benton,  Ill.  –  Casey  L.  Neal,  31,  of  Belle  Rive,  Illinois  (Jefferson  County),  was  
sentenced  this afternoon to 2 years’ probation and was ordered to pay restitution to her victims. 
Neal pled guilty in October 2021, to theft of mail by a postal service employee.
In January and February 2021, while working as a substitute sales and distribution clerk at the 
Belle Rive, Dahlgren, and Macedonia post offices, Neal stole over $300 worth of cash and gift cards 
from greeting cards that were sent through those post offices. Neal used some of the gift cards to 
purchase money orders used to pay her personal creditors. After being alerted to the thefts, 
investigators located other gift cards from retailers and restaurants, including Dick’s Sporting 
Goods, Chik-fil-A, and Dairy Queen, which Neal had stolen from the mail.

The case was investigated by the United States Postal Service, Office of the Inspector General.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Zoe J. Gross.

Updated January 19, 2022