John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Matthew Modafferi, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, announced that JESSICA GILES, 37, of West Haven, waived her right to be indicted and pleaded guilty today to theft of mail by a postal employee.
Pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the court proceeding before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah A.L. Merriam occurred via videoconference.
According to court documents and statements made in court, between October 2019 and May 2020, while she was employed as a supervisor at the U.S. Post Office in Fairfield, Giles used the flashlight feature on her phone to examine the content of various envelopes that had been placed in the mail. When she believed that an envelope contained U.S. currency, she opened the envelope, stole the cash that was found inside and, on multiple occasions, tore up and disposed of the envelope.
Giles’ illegal conduct was recorded by video surveillance at the Fairfield post office.
Giles is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny on February 4, 2021, at which time she faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years.
Giles is released pending sentencing.
This investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Konstantin Lantsman.