Louisiana  postal worker pleads guilty to stealing gift cards

LAFAYETTE, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a Lafayette woman pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing gift cards from envelopes while working as a postal employee.

US-Department-Of-Justi_fmtTonia R. Moore-Parker, 36, of Lafayette, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Patrick Hanna to one count of theft of mail matter by a postal service employee. The plea will become final when accepted by U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter. According to the guilty plea, Moore-Parker worked as a U.S. Postal Service employee from October 8 to October 31, 2015 and was entrusted with mail matter. During that time, she opened five envelopes and stole gift cards worth $150.

Moore-Parker faces five years in prison, three years supervised release, a $250,000 fine and restitution. A sentencing date was not set.

The U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Dominic Rossetti is prosecuting the case.