The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

March 19, 2014

Woman faces prison term for theft of mail

By Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item

— SUNBURY — A Sunbury woman could face 15 years in prison after she pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing mail to use personal identification to obtain credit cards.

Amy Lynn Jenkins, 40, pleaded guilty in U.S. Middle District Court Wednesday after state prosecutors said she stole residential mail in five counties.

More than 50 victims throughout Union, Columbia, Montour, Northumberland and Snyder counties lost between $10,000 and $30,000, authorities said.

The theft of mail is alleged to have occurred between Nov. 29, 2012, and April 16 in Union County in which letters, packages, mail and other articles left for collection were stolen. Police said after a search of her vehicle she had kept more than 1,000 pieces of mail and at her home, which at the time was in Hartley Township.

Jenkins would use the personal information she obtained through personal mail and she would then apply for credit cards in those peoples’ names but have the cards sent to the Union County address she was living at.

During a December 2012 incident, state troopers caught Jenkins taking mail and conducted a search of her vehicle where they said they found more than 1,000 pieces of opened and unopened mail.

Police said Jenkins would get rid of some of the mail she had stolen in postal collection boxes in several areas including Northumberland and Winfield.

Jenkins pleaded guilty to theft of mail and access device fraud and could face a sentence of up to 15 years in state prison.

Jenkins could also receive the minimum sentence that would send her to state prison for 23 to 30 months.

In October, Jenkins was found not guilty of two misdemeanor charges in Northumberland County Court after being accused of stealing her own landscaping paver blocks before leaving the property she was living at in Point Township to a renter.

Jenkins was accused of stealing 50 paver blocks and destroying a front porch light in 2012 after she moved from a Point Township home that her father owned and then sold.

Jenkins decided to take a bench trial on the theft charges and then President Judge Robert Sacavage found the Sunbury woman not guilty.