A U.S. Postal Service worker could spend five years in federal prison for stealing mail, according to court documents.
Lorre A. Garrison, 53, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to stealing mail from Virginia Beach residents in 2015.
Garrison admitted to hiding a tub of mail in her closet, a tray of it under her bed and bags of it in the corner of her bedroom while she was working at the Princess Anne Station, according to documents filed in the U.S. Eastern District Court of Virginia.
In her home police found two opened packages, 20 “rifled-through” packages and 20 opened pieces of mail. The mail included greeting cards and credit card information, court documents state.
Police received an anonymous tip that Garrison was stealing mail from about January 2015 to February 2015. She was arrested on Oct. 13.
Garrison’s plea is part of an agreement between her, her defense attorney, Suzanne Katchmar, and federal prosecutor Elizabeth Yusi.
Katchmar declined to comment on Garrison’s case.
The maximum punishment for Garrison’s crime includes five years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and supervised release for up to three years, court documents state.
The plea agreement mandates that Garrison pay full restitution to her victims – an amount undetermined at this time, said U.S. Eastern District Court of Virginia Magistrate Judge Douglas Miller.
In exchange for Garrison’s plea, Yusi agreed not to prosecute her on three other federal charges that alleged she also stole mail in 2014.
Garrison will remain out of jail until her March 9, 2017 sentencing. She was granted a $5,000 unsecured bond on Oct. 20 by federal Judge Lawrence R. Leonard. Electronic monitoring was included as a condition of her release.
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