Postal worker steals more than 6,000 greeting cards filled with cash and checks, records say

- She ruined birthdays, weddings and holidays for thousands of Wisconsin residents.

Authorities say a U.S. postal worker admitted she stole more than 6,000 greeting cards filled with cash and checks while delivering mail in Wauwatosa. Ebony Lavonne Smith, 20, pleaded guilty last week to theft or receipt of stolen mail, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Authorities began investigating Smith after residents in Wauwatosa reported in summer of 2017 they were not receiving graduation, wedding, birthday and sympathy cards.

On Jan. 25, a test greeting card containing $20 and a transmitter that signaled when the envelope was opened was sent out to a Wauwatosa address, court documents stated. The card was placed under Smith’s route.

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