Wyoming woman imprisoned for fishing checks out of collection boxes

inspectorA woman who fished mail and checks out of post office bins around the state — and then forged them into $19,000 worth of personal checks — has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison.

Stefani Ruland, 40, was caught and arrested by Cody police in January as a result of cooperation between several agencies, including the Johnson and Sheridan county sheriff’s offices and the United States Postal Inspection Service.

Charging documents in the case say Ruland would “fish” for postal customers’ mail by lowering sticky mouse traps into U.S. Postal Service collection boxes or through mail slots. Ruland would then rifle through the envelopes snagged by the mouse traps, looking for checks she could alter and pass off as her own.

For example, after nabbing a Buffalo’s man’s $70.95 check bound for a rugmaker, she altered and used it to cover a $1,664.57 shopping spree at the Gillette Walmart.

Read more: A fishy scheme: Woman imprisoned for stealing checks from Postal Service.

  • IIlIIl111

    Of course the first place she went was ……….WALMART