Former Liverpool NY Letter Carrier Pleads Guilty to Stealing Gift Cards from Mail

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Thomas J. Joslin, age 58, of North Syracuse, New York, pled guilty today in federal court in Syracuse to three felony counts of stealing gift cards from the mail while employed as a carrier with the United States Postal Service, announced Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon and Special Agent in Charge Matthew Modafferi, United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General (USPSOIG), Northeast Area Field Office.

In pleading guilty, Joslin admitted that he stole multiple gift cards from mail entrusted to him in Onondaga County between March 2019 and June 2019, including a $160 prepaid Mastercard rebate card; a $300 Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card; and a $40 prepaid Visa card. The defendant admitted that he targeted pieces of mail he believed contained gift cards, and that he used the stolen gift cards to buy different gift cards in an attempt to distance himself from the thefts. Joslin is no longer employed by the U.S. Postal Service.

The charges to which Joslin pled guilty carry a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of up to 3 years. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors. The defendant will be sentenced on October 7, 2021, by Senior United States District Judge Frederick J. Scullin, Jr., who presides over the case.

This case is being investigated by USPSOIG, and it is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael F. Perry.