NY Letter Carrier Sentenced for Stealing Gift Cards from Mail

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Thomas J. Joslin, age 58, of North Syracuse, New York, was sentenced today in federal court in Syracuse to 3 years of probation after previously pleading guilty 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 previously, 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.

As part of his sentence, Joslin must pay a $2,000 fine; make restitution payments $500 to the known victims of his offenses; and perform 50 hours of community service. The sentence was pronounced by Senior United States District Judge Frederick J. Scullin, Jr., who presides over the case.

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