As I have reported in the past, the careers that have spawned identity thieves has been many and diverse, from bankers to radio hosts, from nannies to car dealers. Well, here's a new one - postal worker.
A former mail carrier has been sentenced to serve 180 days at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center for taking an ATM card from the mail and using it to withdraw $7,533 from an individual’s account, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced Tuesday.
Jennifer James, 44, of Howard Street, New Brunswick, also was placed on probation for five years and was told to repay the victim’s bank, which covered the individual’s losses.
James was sentenced in New Brunswick by Superior Court Judge Frederick P. DeVesa on February 22, after she pleaded guilty on Nov. 17, to a count of identity theft.
The plea agreement was reached following negotiations with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Manuel Sameiro.
James was arrested and charged following an investigation by New Brunswick Police Officer William Contreras, who determined the defendant took the ATM card from one of the residents on her route.
The investigation further determined James used the card to make cash withdrawals at various ATMs between April 2, and April 7, 2009.
James, who had worked as a mail carrier for 15 years, subsequently was dismissed from her job.