By Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item
SUNBURY — A city woman who applied for credit cards using solicitations she stole from Valley mailboxes pleaded guilty to the thefts in federal court Wednesday and could face 15 years in prison.
Authorities say Amy Lynn Jenkins, 40, stole residential mail from more than 50 victims in Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties – and her parents — and racked up charges nearing $30,000.
The theft of mail is alleged to have occurred between Nov. 29, 2012, and April 2013 in Union County, in which letters, packages, mail and other articles left for collection were stolen. A state trooper in December 2012 caught Jenkins taking mail, searched her vehicle and said he found more than 1,000 pieces of opened and unopened mail.
More mail was found at her home, which at the time was in Hartley Township, authorities said.
Despite being told then by postal authorities stealing mail was a federal crime, Jenkins continued her scheme into April, Assistant U.S. Attorney George J. Rocktashel said.
Jenkins would use the personal information she obtained through others’ mail to apply for credit cards in the addressees’ names, according to court documents. She would have the credit cards sent to her address in Union County.
Jenkins would get rid of some of the mail she had stolen in postal collection boxes in several areas, including Northumberland and Winfield.
Among the victims are her parents, in whose names she obtained a Chase Visa credit card that was used to make transactions totaling $11,172, Rocktashel said.
In U.S. Middle District Court on Wednesday, Jenkins pleaded guilty to theft of mail and access device fraud and could face 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 on accusations she stole 50 landscaping paver blocks before vacating the Point Township property her father owned to a renter.
Jenkins decided to take a bench trial on the theft charges and then-President Judge Robert Sacavage found the Sunbury woman not guilty.
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