WORCESTER — On Friday, April 29, a former employee of the U.S. Postal Service pled guilty in Worcester to stealing packages in Gardner.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Roberta Feliz, 33, of Fitchburg pled guilty to one count of theft of mail by an employee of the U.S. Postal Service.
Feliz stole over $90,000 in cash deposits that were mailed from a Tractor Supply Company to its bank.
Feliz had easy access to the cash packages that passed through the Gardner Post Office. That’s because her role as lead sales and service associate required her to work each day a cash package was mailed from Gardner.
From February to July 2020, Feliz was caught on surveillance camera removing envelopes from the postal service floor into the employee locker area or the women’s restroom, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
In August 2020, Feliz was caught in the act by law enforcement after taking a control package containing cash from the postal floor into an office, where she removed the money from the envelope before hiding it in an unused desk.
Feliz admitted to police that she had been stealing packages from the Tractor Supply Company, saying she used the money to pay off debts and send to family overseas.
If convicted of theft of mail by an employee, Feliz could face up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 plus restitution.
Feliz is scheduled for sentencing on Sept. 19.