Former Janesville letter carrier admits stealing mail

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Kevin Murphy/Special to The Gazette
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

MADISON--A former Janesville letter carrier pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to stealing mail.

Kristy Hollibush, 43, previously told postal inspectors she had been stealing items from the mail since about December 2011, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Anderson.

That period coincided with multiple complaints postal authorities received from Hollibush's Rural Route 12 customers about not getting mail, Anderson said.

On Sept. 25, 2012, postal inspectors installed a surveillance camera in Hollibush's delivery vehicle and placed five pieces of first-class mail from cooperating customers along her route.

The camera's live image showed Hollibush open one of the test mail pieces, a greeting card, and remove $30 in cash, Anderson said.

The inspectors pulled over Hollibush, recovered the $30 Hollibush had put in a cigarette box and the other test mail pieces.

The camera did not show Hollibush removing $20 from another card but did show she had deposited the $20 bill in her bank, Anderson said.

Hollibush previously told inspectors she took the cards and cash because she “was in over her head and couldn't make ends meet,” Anderson said.

Hollibush had been a postal employee since 1999, Anderson said.

Visiting District Judge Lynn Adelman set Hollibush's sentencing for Jan. 29, when she will face a maximum of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, three years supervised released and restitution.

Her sentence will be fashioned from advisory guidelines, which call for less severe penalties and factor in any prior convictions, the amount of loss and her timely guilty plea.

Adelman continued Hollibush's release on standard conditions.

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